Watching some recent IBJJF events and I got to thinking that for the most part Gracie Barra and Alliance are always winning the team trophy at the big events and their guys are usually on the podium at the Mundial and Pan jj. My question is how this effects competitors mentally. What I mean is when you are competing against say an Alliance guy, or you see they are in your side of the brackets, how does that effect you? Do you automatically pick them out as someone who will probobly make it to the medal rounds, or do you treat them as any other Joe from any other team, big or small? Does it get in your head and psyche you out, or does it motivate you to compete better? On the other side of the coin, if you are from a big team like that, does that give you an extra boost of confidence? Do you feel more pressure in having to represent that team? I'm just curious how you guys feel about this subject and would love to hear anyones input on this matter. Thanks!