We all have our own unique reason why we train Jiu Jitsu wither for self-defense, exercise, sport, therapy! Lol Well same goes for those of us who compete, we all have our own unique reason why we do it. The very first competition I participated in it was the idea of rolling with a girl, a girl my size, a girl my level that motivated me to sign up. It was a whole new intensity level for me compared to the environment we train in daily but I loved it! I kept competing because it was the best way to magnify and shed light on my strengths and weaknesses. What better way to see where I was struggling the most to really know what I needed to work on. The more I competed to more styles of jiu jitsu I was exposed to and the more evolved my game was becoming.
At some point along the way I became very passionate about competing. I love all the training and dedication I have to put in to preparing for a tournament and the rush of going out there and playing my game. I have had my fair share of wins and losses and no matter how frustrating a loss can be, I refuse to dwell on it because the reality is all of the hard work I do leading up to a tournament never goes to waste. All the hard work and the results of it are mine to keep forever. Just because you lose a match doesn’t mean you lost the skill you gained along the way. Everyone has off days, tough matches, unfavorable refs and it’s okay. Yes in the moment it’s hard to swallow because it’s something you’re passionate about and let’s be real, losing isn’t fun! The reality is losing or ‘learning’ is part of competing. No one is undefeated, and everyone loses at some point. I always say if I get to where I’m sweeping every competition then I’m not competing at the right belt level anymore. So yes I train to win but there are times that I lose and through it I ‘learn’ and every loss lights a fire in me and motivates me to go back to the gym and train that much harder.