I’m very excited about this. I have entered a BJJ competition. This is close to where I live and I hear that it is a really well organised event and a good competition to enter if it’s your first.
As this is my first competition, I’m not expecting to do well but I hope that I can enjoy it and take away some great experience. My excuse for not entering a competition before now was that I never felt ready to compete. I always had an excuse. But now I realise that the first step is just to fill in the form and enter. This is the biggest hurdle to get over. I can now prepare as best I can before the event and accept that whatever happens between now and then will happen.
People say that in competition you never lose. You either win or learn. I read somewhere that 1 minute fighting in a competition is worth 1 hour in a class. If this is true, I wish I had entered before now, perhaps as a white belt. Now I’m a blue belt I am competing against other blue belts and this includes seasoned competitors with many stripes on their blue belt. I also have a huge age disadvantage. The age category I fall into is Masters which starts at 35 years old.
Another factor to consider is that I am competing in a weight category that is slightly over my normal, base weight. The weight that I have been for a long time. It’s my fault, I am heavier than I’d like to be but I’m working on getting that under control. At the moment, I am fighting at 82kg but that includes my gi and belt.
I’ll try to post as much as I can over the next few weeks. This will be a great way of recording my progress. So I’m looking forward to the day and I know that a lot of the guys from my club will be there competing themselves or just to offer support. It should be fun!