Do you Train Jiu Jitsu to Compete?

I recently participated in the 2016 Arizona BJJ State Championships, capturing double Gold in the Black Belt Masters 1 Medium Heavy and Open Weight Divisions. It was a memorable day that all the hard work I had put into training was showing on the mat. I was clicking and rolling at a great level for myself.

The tournament provided a time of reflection on my own Jiu Jitsu career as well as my students. I had several students compete, some did amazing, some under performed. I’m proud of all my students that got out there on the mat. I was even more proud to see almost all my competitors back in class Monday morning hungry for more. I try and run my school as well as my own training based on the love of Jiu Jitsu not for what tournament we are getting ready for next. I view tournaments as a way of enjoying your path in Jiu Jitsu and a way to test your skills at a high intensity. It is more important to me that my students love Jiu Jitsu than their tournament results. That being said our kids team took home the First Place Trophy and our Adults did awesome.

Here are my matches from the weekend:

Finals Match Medium Heavy Division vs Francisco Torres

First Match Open Weight vs Gilbert Olivas

Semi Final Open Weight vs Francisco Torres

Finals Open Weight vs Diogo Ferriara

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