Competing is not about getting out there and proving yourself on the mat. Of course we want to win; you train to win but it’s so much bigger than that. Competing exposes you to different styles which is a sure fire way to improve your game. You compete against people who don’t know your game; this is crucial to your developmental process. We all get familiar with our training partners attacks and patterns. Competing gives you an opportunity to test your skills and techniques against people you don’t roll with every day.
The physiological stress placed on you during training is very different from the stress you feel in competition. Through this you learn to overcome and not allow fear, anxiety or other emotional factors to come between you and the techniques you have learned. The more you compete the more you will learn to control and redirect emotions. What better way to test your ability to stay calm in adverse situations? Let’s get real this is about as close to a real life situation you are going to get without actually being in one!!!
Lastly, try not be purely focused on the outcome. All fighters no matter how great lose at some point. By competing you get a greater, truer understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. After competing you can redirect your focus to what you need to improve on and set goals for the next competition. I always say there is no losing in Jiu Jitsu, you win or you learn. If you have learned something from your competition then you have gained no matter what the outcome.