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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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How to Overcome your Competition Nerves

The first time I competed, I seriously freaked out for a month beforehand. Overthinking everything, worry about all that could go wrong, most of which I could not control. Don’t get me wrong, I usually still have some nerves the day of right before my first fight but nothing like it used to be. So here are the things that help me to fight the nerves and have success on the comp mats.

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  1. Getting over the pressure of letting others down. For me I hate to let others down and I think most of us feel that way. But one of the things I realized is my professor knows where I am at. He knows what I’m capable of and not. It’s not like I’m going to show up at a competition and magically roll like a black belt. My skill level is the same the day of comp as it is the day before and the day after. So what happens that day doesn’t really define me.
  2. Compete for yourself, not other people. In the end, no one will be there when its time to fight but you.
  3. Envision yourself on the Podium. Want it. Believe in yourself.
  4. Think less and just enjoy the moment of the present. All the “what ifs” that are swirling in your head will not change the outcome. So every time you even have a negative thought enter, scream it out. Seriously scream until the thought leaves and then just show up and do your thing.
  5. Be mentally prepared. Competing in Jiu Jitsu, you have to be mentally prepared, present in the moment, the desire to fight, to give it your all, to work hard even when you are exhausted. I’ve seen so many people lose, not from their lack of skill but from lack of mental focus. So get there. One of the things I started doing to help me feel confident that I can “turn on” my mental focus is pick one training session the week before competition to train hard. To imagine every roll that day is like I am competing. From stepping on the mat, to shaking my partner’s hand. That is the day I am going to practice my game plan, that I’m going to keep fighting even when I just want to take a break. When I do this, I don’t tell anyone, I just go in and know that it is my day to be mentally focused. It’s a test for myself, much like competition day, and seeing the result of that I can do it in the week gives me more confidence I can do it on comp day as well.
  6. Train Hard! If you kill yourself training you will feel satisfied that you couldn’t have done anymore. Now this is going to look different for everyone. Remember that. If you are a full-time Jiu Jitsu athlete, training hard is going to be 6+ hours of day. For myself I work full time and have 4 kids to care for so I obviously don’t have 6+ hours to train. So for me training Hard is making the most of the time that I have to train. So while I’m there, I work hard and make the most out of the time I have available to train. You know what training hard looks like for you. Give it your all and don’t cheat yourself.

 

Competition Morning

  • Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. I like to shoot for approximately 2 hours before my fight time. That way you have plenty of time to get comfortable in the environment. You can check your weight and just get situated in the comp environment.
  • Don’t do anything “different” in terms of eating or drinking. One competition I thought it would be a great idea to drink a 5 hour energy and a double shot of espresso before. I had never drank one of those 5 hours before and my heart rate was so high, I thought I was going to die, literally.
  • Don’t talk about competition that day. Just enjoy being there. And don’t drill any of your “game” while warming up. People are watching.
  • Don’t underestimate your opponent EVER!
  • Go out, Do your Best, and Enjoy the moment.

 

Things to Remember

  • You learn much more losing than winning.
  • Life should be about growth and competition forces you into an experience that will make you grow.
  • Medals mean nothing and the glory of them really only last for the short moment we receive them.
  • Don’t compete for others, do it for yourself and your own personal reasons. 

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IBJJF Long Beach Open

The Competitors of Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu finished a 3 weeks of competing this last weekend with the IBJJF Long Beach Open.  

The event was held at Cal State University Long Beach in the Walter Pyramid. We had 7 competitors at the events and everyone had exciting and tough fights. 

Coach Kim fought her way to Double Gold, Javiera won Bronze, Coach Pablo won Gold and Silver, Coach Benito-Silver and Coach Miguel brought home Bronze.

It was a fun 3 weeks of competing with everyone and lots of fun to have some of the team from Chile ( http://www.pttchile.com ) join us for a few weeks. Thanks to Stephen, Gina and Bianca and Professor Derek for coming out to support us on the day! 

Here are a few Pictures to Enjoy!

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How to Overcome your nerves when Competing in Jiu Jitsu

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The first time I competed, I seriously freaked out for a month beforehand. Overthinking everything, worry about all that could go wrong, most of which I could not control. Don’t get me wrong, I usually still have some nerves the day of right before my first fight but nothing like it used to be. So here are the things that help me to fight the nerves and have success on the comp mats.

 

  1. Getting over the pressure of letting others down. For me I hate to let others down and I think most of us feel that way. But one of the things I realized is my professor knows where I am at. He knows what I'm capable of and not. It's not like I'm going to show up at a competition and magically roll like a black belt. My skill level is the same the day of comp as it is the day before and the day after. So what happens that day doesn't really define me.
  2. Compete for yourself, not other people. In the end, no one will be there when its time to fight but you.
  3. Envision yourself on the Podium. Want it. Believe in yourself.
  4. Think less and just enjoy the moment of the present. All the "what ifs" that are swirling in your head will not change the outcome. So every time you even have a negative thought enter, scream it out. Seriously scream until the thought leaves and then just show up and do your thing.
  5. Be mentally prepared. Competing in Jiu Jitsu, you have to be mentally prepared, present in the moment, the desire to fight, to give it your all, to work hard even when you are exhausted. I’ve seen so many people lose, not from their lack of skill but from lack of mental focus. So get there. One of the things I started doing to help me feel confident that I can “turn on” my mental focus is pick one training session the week before competition to train hard. To imagine every roll that day is like I am competing. From stepping on the mat, to shaking my partner's hand. That is the day I am going to practice my game plan, that I’m going to keep fighting even when I just want to take a break. When I do this, I don’t tell anyone, I just go in and know that it is my day to be mentally focused. It’s a test for myself, much like competition day, and seeing the result of that I can do it in the week gives me more confidence I can do it on comp day as well.
  6. Train Hard! If you kill yourself training you will feel satisfied that you couldn’t have done anymore. Now this is going to look different for everyone. Remember that. If you are a full-time Jiu Jitsu athlete, training hard is going to be 6+ hours of day. For myself I work full time and have 4 kids to care for so I obviously don’t have 6+ hours to train. So for me training Hard is making the most of the time that I have to train. So while I’m there, I work hard and make the most out of the time I have available to train. You know what training hard looks like for you. Give it your all and don’t cheat yourself.

 

Competition Morning

  • Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. I like to shoot for approximately 2 hours before my fight time. That way you have plenty of time to get comfortable in the environment. You can check your weight and just get situated in the comp environment.
  • Don’t do anything “different” in terms of eating or drinking. One competition I thought it would be a great idea to drink a 5 hour energy and a double shot of espresso before. I had never drank one of those 5 hours before and my heart rate was so high, I thought I was going to die, literally.
  • Don’t talk about competition that day. Just enjoy being there. And don’t drill any of your “game” while warming up. People are watching.
  • Don’t underestimate your opponent EVER!
  • Go out, Do your Best, and Enjoy the moment.

 

Things to Remember

  • You learn much more losing than winning.
  • Life should be about growth and competition forces you into an experience that will make you grow.
  • Medals mean nothing and the glory of them really only last for the short moment we receive them.
  • Don’t compete for others, do it for yourself and your own personal reasons. I’ll talk about mine in a future post.

NABJJF 14th Annual Tournament

NABJJF 14th Annual Tournament

Congratulation to all our kids and Adults that Competed at the NABJJF Annual Tournament in Cerritos. Everyone fought hard and was looked sharp.  Results for the Tournament

Michele-Silver

Jason-Gold No Gi, Silver Gi

Sophia-Gold Gi

Victoria-Gold Gi

Kai-Gold No Gi, Silver Gi

Gavin- Elliott- Gabriel- Felipe

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We love to see our Students putting themselves out there and testing their skills. Competition is fun when you put in the work to prepare. 

 

Requirements to Compete: For anyone that wants to compete. Minimum 6 months training experience. It is mandatory to train minimum 4 times a week. For Kids they need to be a part ofthe Kids Advanced Program and be attending the Friday 6pm Kids Advanced class, and Saturday 11am Competition Class. For Adults, Mon/Wed/Friday at 7pm is dedicated to Sparring which is crucial for those wishing to compete.

Juan Garcia

Learn from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu II Degree Black Belt Professor Juan Pablo Garcia! This gentlemen have over 20 years of experience, He helped develop BJJ in Latin America, has traveled for many years teaching classes and seminars, competing, and training all over the world in countries like Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany and throughout the USA.! Whether you are looking to learn self defense, lose weight, or compete in Martial Arts, Professor Garcia have the knowledge to help you achieve your goals. Be part of the evolution of Martial Arts in Corona and Inland Empire as you train in our cutting edge systems of martial arts!

5 Tips for Competition Day for Your Child

5 Tips to make sure Competition Day goes Smooth for you and your Child

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1. Arrive at the Venue 1-2 hours before your scheduled fight time.
2. Listen for your group to be called to check in. Walk your child over and help them check in. Have your child do a few Jumping Jacks, squats or stretches to warm up once they are checked in.
3. Coach Kim will be Coaching this weekend. As soon as you know your Child’s Mat #, shoot her a text (951)293-1879 with your child’s name and mat # so she knows where she is needed.
4. Tell your Child to have fun and that you are proud of them whether they win on loose! Be proud of them for giving their best!
5. The kids fights are usually very quick and close together. Sometimes two kids are fighting at the same time. We will do our best to have someone in your Child’s corner. Please help with photos that day and forward any pictures from fights/podium pictures to pttcorona@gmail.com to future your child in our page and website. Let’s plan to take a Podium Picture with all the kids once everyone is done!

We are proud of our little Champions for all their effort they have put in to prepare to compete and excited to see them on the weekend!

Juan Garcia

Learn from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu II Degree Black Belt Professor Juan Pablo Garcia! This gentlemen have over 20 years of experience, He helped develop BJJ in Latin America, has traveled for many years teaching classes and seminars, competing, and training all over the world in countries like Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany and throughout the USA.! Whether you are looking to learn self defense, lose weight, or compete in Martial Arts, Professor Garcia have the knowledge to help you achieve your goals. Be part of the evolution of Martial Arts in Corona and Inland Empire as you train in our cutting edge systems of martial arts!