6th PTT In-House Recap

On Saturday October 20th Pacific Top Team in Corona hosted it’s 6th jiu jitsu In-House Tournament for kids and adults. In-house tournaments are great opportunities for kids to get a taste of the competition sport side of jiu jitsu in a friendly environment. It is also a great time to invite family to see what your child has been up to in class. It was a great day with lots of action packed matches from our 3 & 4 year olds to our adults!

Check out the fun pictures below of the event!

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A huge shout out to all of our competitors from Corona and PTT Valle Vista that participated in the event. Congratulations to you all! Everyone looked amazing and all of us are very proud to see you step out there! Also a big Thank you to everyone that came out to support that day! It was a fun Saturday afternoon! Can’t wait for the next one!

6 Competitors, 8 Medals at NABJJF San Diego International

The competitors of Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu had an Amazing Showing at the NABJJF San Diego International over the weekend!

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We had 6 competitors out representing Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona and brought home 8 medals, Here are the official Results

Michele Espinoza - Gold 🥇
Russel Zika - Gold 🥇
Javiera Ramírez - Double Gold 🥇🥇
Sophia Zika - Gold 🥇
MariaJesus Rojas Aravena - Gold 🥇
Bryan Giroux - Gold no gi & Silver Gi 🥇

Congrats to Everyone for all their success this weekend!!! We couldn't be more proud and are excited to see everyone's hard work paying off. We are all getting better together!  #oneteamonefamily

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2018 Competition Season Started off with a Bang for PTT Corona

Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona has some fierce competitors that have started off 2018 comp season with a Bang!  

Coach Kim Bowser won Double Gold at the IBJJF Europeans held in Lisbon, Portugal this month! The Same weekend we had Michele Klee, Bryan Giroux, and Veasna Chiek representing Pacific Top Team at the NABJJF All Americans Event in Cerritos, CA.  The following weekend was filled with more exciting fights with Steven Simms, Bianca Apostol, and Kim Bowser representing at the IBJJF Los Angeles Open in Asuza, CA. Congrats to Everyone on their successes in the first few comps of the year.  We are so proud of everyone's dedication and Hard Work!!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Corona Competition team

IBJJF Europeans

Kim Bowser-Gold weight and Absolute

NABJJF ALL Americans

Michele Klee-Silver

Veasna Chiek-Gold 

Bryan Giroux-Gold Gi, Silver weight and Absolute-No Gi

IBJJF Los Angeles Open

Steven Simms-Gold

Bianca Apostol-Silver

Kim Bowser-Gold Division and Absolute

Competing is a great way to test your skills, but also a great way to set goals and is helpful to keep you in shape and can be the extra motivator to loose or maintain weight

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Am I meant to be a competitor?

There are 3 reasons people do Jiu Jitsu. Fitness, Self Defense or Competition. I don't think anyone starts Jiu Jitsu to be a competitor.  Most people usually start from an interest in the martial art, to learn self defense or just to do something fun and active. These are all great reasons to train Jiu Jitsu and most people that you find training are there for one of these reason. Don't let the pressure of feeling like you need to be a competitor affect your enjoyment of the sport. First and Foremost you should be having fun. But for most, once you begin to train, the idea of competition will cross your mind at some point most likely, so today I am going to talk about a question that almost everyone will ask themselves at some point, "Am I meant to be a competitor?"

Let me start by talking about my first experience competing. I had been training for about 9 months.  I spent the month before stressing about the outcome.  I often think back and wonder if the outcome that day had been different if I would have continued on. I had so much anxiety and really at that time could only think about the result of finishing at the top of the podium. That day I did win Gold, I felt accomplished for myself, but quickly realized that winning one Gold Medal was not what it was about. Winning a Gold Medal as a white belt didn't mean I was the best or that I didn't have more training, work and learning to do. It just meant that that day against those opponents I had done well.

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Since that first comp 3 years ago I have had many more competitions. Not all have had the same result of Gold. Many have, but many have resulted in no podium pictures.  The first time I didn't podium was last year and in a lot of ways it was a shock to my system. I lost in the quarter finals at IBJJF World Masters absolute division and was disappointed when I realized that was it. I was done. No more fights, no medal, no podium picture. I remember walking away that day upset. I was upset that I didn't make the podium and for my own personal goals began to think about why I was upset. I was upset because I felt I didn't have the mental focus I needed to be there that day. I didn't put the time and effort into my training to have the result I wanted.

Since that day last year I have had a roller coaster result on the comp circuit. Getting tapped more than once, not making the podium again, promoting to a new belt and have even tougher competitors. Overall,  I have continued to have more success than failures, but each time you don't have an outcome you want it is hard to see that perspective. What I have realized is that Winning is easy. Loosing is when real champions are made. Loosing is when you have to work up the courage to come back and fight harder. When you have to motivate yourself, drag yourself back to the gym to train harder, even more focused and put the work in.

IBBJF Competition Jiu Jitsu Corona

Everyone has the ability to be an awesome competitor, but.....they have to be willing to put the time and work in.  Don't expect to get a result of winning if you don't put the work in. Don't quit competing if you don't win either.  You have to grow into your role as a competitor. Most successful competitors don't start off wining. They have make long terms goals and stick to them.

I know a lot of people that train Jiu Jitsu but don't like to compete. More power to them. One for training, but also for acknowledging that they don't want to complete. However do not ever think that your lack of desire to compete should translate into not wanting to train Jiu Jitsu. Training is so valuable, it makes you build good character, it humbles you daily and really its the one place in life when you cannot fake who you are. The mats don't lie and have the ability to expose you like no other. They force you to be honest with yourself everyday.  They teach you not to quit even in the worst situations. Overtime Jiu Jitsu shows you that you are capable of so many things you never thought you were able to do and this will translate into every area of your life and give you confidence to be successful.

If you have the desire to compete, than you are a competitor. How to become a successful competitor is something that takes time, effort and patience. Don't stop competing because you think you aren't good at it just because you aren't getting the result you want. Go back to your Coaches or team mates and ask them what they are doing that you aren't. Be honest with yourself, are you are doing everything you should be doing to have the best performance. All too often in life, people have a mentality of "This is too hard. I don't like it right now so I'm gonna quit"  You have to  understand that life is hard and you aren't always going to like it. But quitting everything that you don't like for just 1 day or because it gets to challenging is not the answer. It shouldn't be an option.  Especially when training Jiu Jitsu, you have people that depend on you. Not only are you sacrificing your own growth but you are also sacrificing your teams training. If you start something, you should finish it. Don't give up half way through because it got to hard. Keep your word and finish what you started. Don't focus so much on the result. focus on what you need to do to get the result. The journey there is what is most important.

If I were to Answer the question, "Am I meant to be a competitor?"  I would hands down say YES. Not because I feel I am meant to win gold medals, but because I want to work hard, I want to know that even when I want to quit I am going to train myself to persist on. Because competing helps me to set goals, to keep goals and to have the focus I need to chase after those goals. I will not let the fear of failure dominate me. I will not quit when I am in the storm of failure, because I know the rainbow will come as long as I persist on. But if I quit while in the storm, then storm won and I will be stuck there, maybe not as a competitor in Jiu Jitsu but in something else that comes along in my life. Becoming a successful competitor is about learning the discipline to set and achieve goals and being able to do this in Jiu Jitsu will help you in every aspect of your life, whether you want to get straight A's in school, lose weight. or go after that job promotion. Set the goals, put the work in and the result will come.

So are you meant to be a competitor?  If you think you are, you are. If you think you aren't, you aren't. Believe in yourself, because you are most likely your worst enemy.

If the answer is Yes-Latch onto someone that has walked in those shoes. That has the expertise to help lead you down that road. Don't be afraid to ask for help or share your fears and discouragement with those that have walked this path already.

If your answer is No-Enjoy all that Jiu Jitsu has to offer with the fun, fitness, self defense and support of the team that it has to offer. You too are going to gain much of the same benefits of the competitor.


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.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Corona


  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. 



Joe Moriera 50th Annual In House hosted by Pacific Top Team Corona

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On Saturday, December 16th, Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu hosted the Joe Moreira 50th year Anniversary In-House Tournament.  The mats were filled with over 50 competitors from different schools. Pacific Top Team Won 1st Place Overall team for the kids and 3rd place for the Adults.  It was a great day seeing a lot of amazing athletes shows their skills of competitive Jiu Jitsu. Congrats to everyone that competed and special Thanks to everyone that came out to support and help that day!!

If you are interested in learning more about our programs here at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, give us a call at (951)662-0162 or email us at pttcorona@gmail.com and get started on your 30 day FREE trial today. 

Master Joe Moreira 50th Anniversary In-House Jiu Jitsu Tournament

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Pacific Top Team in Corona is Hosting Master Joe Moreira's In-House Tournament this Saturday, December 16th. The event is open to all Academies and we have registration for both kids and adults. For more information on registration, please click  HERE

Registration will be open until the day of the event. Even if you are not interested in competing we hope you will come out to support everyone! Super fights will begin at 11:30am that day are are sure to be exciting!

If you are interested in learning more about our programs here at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, give us a call at (951)662-0162 or email us at pttcorona@gmail.com and get started on your 30 day FREE trial today.