Mindset of a Competitor

Competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is tough for new competitors and seasoned competitors. Knowing you are the only one in the middle of the fight can be overwhelming. Of course you have a team that helps you train and coaches or Professors that may be in your corner that day, but in the end the win or loss is in your hands. 

Competitor Mindset

So how do you get past all the nerves, anxieties and what if's that constantly live in your head the days and weeks leading up to a jiu jitsu competition?

Just like you train your body to get ready for the competition, you also have to train your mind. You have to believe in yourself. Trick yourself into positive thinking. Every time you feel tired, you have to convince yourself that you are energized. When people ask you how you are feeling about the competition, don't answer nervous, say something more positive like "I'm excited"

The other day on the mats one of the girls asked me toward the end of sparring for 90 minutes, "I'm exhausted, aren't you tired Coach Kim?"  I looked at her and said, "Yeah I'm exhausted but I don't allow myself to think about it. I have to keep going." The body is much stronger than the mind, it's our mind's that force our body to give up. 

In the fall of 2016 I had two back to back competitions where I was arm barred inside the guard. After that moment, I began to panic every time I felt someone setting up an arm bar. A few months later, at the IBJJF Pan Ams, My first opponent was known for her arm bars. I was scarred and nervous, but instead of focusing on all that could go wrong. I focused and psyched myself up to not getting arm barred. Before my fight I stood waiting to be called, saying over and over in my head, "I will not get arm barred, I will not get arm barred". And it worked, I didn't get arm barred!! 

Just like we train physically for every competition, you have to train mentally for every competition as well. Don't allow yourself to ever think anything negative. There is no time or energy to waste on the possibility of not making weight or loosing or being tired or whatever your fears are. Fill your head with positive affirmations, "I can do this", "I will win", "I am strong".  Imagine yourself on the top of the podium.  

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Don't allow yourself to complain. Continue to move forward in a positive way. Give your best everyday. Believe in yourself and enjoy the moment. Competition nerves never go away, but it do get better with time and experience. 


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Pacific Top Team at IBJJF Pan Kids 2018

IBJJF Pan Kids

Sophia Zika from Pacific Top Team in Corona represented at IBJJF's Pan Kids over the weekend. Pan Kids is the most prestigious tournament for kids and brings kids from all over the World to compete. Sophia has been working very hard for this event, training at 6am before school and then back at night for multiple classes. She is usually one of the last to leave the mats each night. She inspires all of us with her hard work, dedication to the sport and overall great attitude. A big part of her success goes to her parent's Robert and Gina Zika for supporting her journey as a Jiu Jitsu competitor in a healthy way. They are happy to see her train, compete and support what she does with out forcing her to do it or putting more pressure on her results! 

Sophia fought 3 fights at Pan Kids. She won the first two, one by points and the other with a bow and arrow choke from the back. The finals was an exciting, full action fight against a tough opponent. Sophia looked amazing but ultimately lost by just 1 point. 

We couldn't be more proud of Sophia!!! We looking forward to watching your continued growth and success on the Jiu Jitsu Competition Scene. Much Love!!

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Meet Professor Juan Pablo Garcia

Juan Pablo Garcia Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Corona head instructor

Professor Juan Pablo Garcia is the owner and head coach at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu here in Corona, but many don't know his own journey in Jiu Jitsu. We sat down to learn some more including how he started in this art, his journey and why he is so passionate about teaching. 

Professor JP started Martial Arts at the age of 13, training boxing and judo as jiu jitsu was not prevalent in Ecuador, JP's hometown at the time. JP Saw the first UFC, where Royce Gracie beat bigger opponents with Jiu Jitsu and knew he wanted to train this martial art, so his search began. Initialy he trained Judo because he couldn't find Jiu Jitsu in his hometown. After training Judo for a year,  he began training at a school named Bidokan, a mixed martial arts school affiliated with Royce Gracie and participated in MMA. He attended a seminar with Royce Gracie, who gave him his blue belt after seeing him at the age of 16. In his search to pursue more Jiu Jitsu he traveled to the US and Brazil for seminars and competitions. Since there was not very many instructor in jiu jitsu in Ecuador, he would bring back what he learned to teach friends. 

Juan Pablo Garcia and Royce Gracie

Professor JP was always traveling and searching to learn and expand his Jiu Jitsu and traveled and trained with well known Jiu Jitsu practitioners like Draculinho, Marcio Simas, Cobrinha, Marcelo Garcia and many others in Brazil and USA. He competed in Worlds the last year they were held in Brazil as a purple belt. 

After the Worlds in Brazil,  he traveled back home to Organize  the first grappling tournament in his home town city in Ecuador. He helped Found Gracie Barra and was responsible to establish various other Jiu Jitsu Teams in Ecuador.

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After many years helping to establish schools in Ecuador, he started to focus on his own career and pursue achieving his black belt in the United States. From Ecuador, he traveled to Florida to train. Then spent 2 years in New Mexico training with multiple time world champion Roberto Alencar and received his brown belt. In 2010 he moved to LA to start teaching in multiple Gracie Barra schools and received his black belt in 2011 and his first degree from the legendary Master Carlos Gracie Jr. in 2014. 

In 2015, Professor Jp finally opened his own school, Pacific Top Team in Corona. Having his own Academy was something he had worked his whole life for other than receiving his black belt. Throughout his Journey, he has always traveled to Canada, Chile, Ecuador and Europe teaching seminars and has now has affiliated schools in Germany, Chile, and Ecuador. Currently he continues to learn and expand his knowledge with privates with 8th degree Coral Belt Master Joe Moriera

Traveling so much during his own Jiu Jitsu Journey exposed him to many instructors, teaching methods and styles. This experience prompted him to fond Escuela de Jiu Jitsu which teaches courses on how to run Academies, equipping others with the tools they need to be successful and follow their dreams of opening their own schools. Since he didn't have any guidance, he is passionate about providing it for others. 

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Professor JP has a deep love for Jiu Jitsu and says it changed his life in a positive way and brought him more focus and discipline. Competing and traveling has helped his to face his fears, meet new people and help others have the positive change that Jiu Jitsu brings to lives. He loves to teach, build up and empower others to become instructors as well

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Jiu Jitsu Techniques used for Self Defense

Jiu Jitsu is a martial art designed for a smaller, weaker person to control a bigger, stronger opponent making it perfect for Self Defense. 

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The chokes taught in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are perfect for self defense situations. There are two types of choking techniques, air or blood chokes. A air choke would be squeezing the throat and essentially suffocating someone to death. A blood choke squeezes the arteries on the side of the neck which stops the blood flow to the brain causing them to go unconscience. Once you begin applying pressure, it takes about 3-5 seconds for unconsciousness to follow.

Knowing how to apply various blood chokes is a life saving skill. If you are in a dangerous situation, being able to subdue your attacker without causing permanent harm and giving your the opportunity to call for help is a skill everyone should have. Most people feel that if they attend one self defense seminar that they now have enough knowledge and skills to be able to defend themselves.  The truth is, you need to practice these skills regularly so you don't need to think and you can just react. Training teaches you to react without thinking and helps you gain the confidence to apply chokes when someone is not allowing you to do so.  Don't allow yourself to be a victim, equip yourself with skills you need to defend yourself if ever needed. 


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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches your child how to win and loose like a champion

This weekend I took my son to the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. For those of you that don't know, this is an event for the boys to build and decorate a car to race down a track. My 8 year old son won 1st place in his den. Instead of enjoying his moment that he had won, he was crying because not a single on of the other boys in his den said Congratulations or were happy for him. 

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Poor sportsmanship is something that is often seen in kids, but Brazilian Jiu Jitsu requires us to ultimately win or loose on the mat everyday. Having to deal with this daily, helps us learn how to respond to it. Kids are learning how to react appropriately to many things in life. We have to teach them these things. Jiu Jitsu helps teach kids respect, discipline, focus, sportsmanship, good attitude, determination and much more. For kids every class includes a mat chat circle, a time to talk and address many of these character traits we want to build up in kids. It's important for kids to learn that they can't brag when they win or pout when they loose. That it is important to be happy for other people successes and that every time will not be your time, but team mates support each other in the good and bad. 


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Half Guard Seminar in Corona

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Save the date!!! Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona is hosting a Half Guard Seminar with Ighor Tavares. He's an amazing half guard player with lots of knowledge to share! Don't miss it!

This event is open to all academies!!!

Saturday, February 17th @ 11:00am


Spend Valentine's Day on the Mat with Us!

Enjoy a Date on the Mat with your Loved one!!! Bring your significant other or just a friend for this FREE Self Defense Workshop.

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                      No Gi Required, just comfortable workout clothes!!! 

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Congrats Coach Felipe on your Well Deserved Promotion

Jiu Jitsu Promotion

Congrats Coach Felipe on your well deserved promotion! We are all very proud of you! 

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