What is a good mindset for competing in Jiu Jitsu?

Competing is tough. It’s not easy. I think I’ve done everything from being self-deprecating to being like, man, I can do it. I think it’s tough preparing yourself before your matches. I’ve touched on knowledge gaps before in previous posts but it’s always great to touch on this topic since there are new students joining Jiu Jitsu academies all over the world every day. The best preparation in my opinion is to make sure that you understand your positions as well as you can. Th

Why it’s a great idea to compete at least once in your life

Competing is scary. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or your 250th time. That’s because your competition rises with your skill. You could be the best white belt competitor in the world. Get your blue belt and immediately get demolished. And that’s an important part of competition. It’s a humbling experience that really shows you what you’re made of. It doesn’t really matter how well you do. But how you react under pressure. Are you able to perform your techniques aga

Training at a high level competition academy

I’ve been fortunate enough to train at many different types of academies throughout my career. Different in their atmosphere. Different in their focus. Different in training philosophies and techniques. I just want to start off by saying that there is no one best school or academy. It all comes down to whether or not it’s a good fit for you. You could have access to the best training partners and instructors in the world. But if the training environment is toxic, it’s no good