Competition , how do you prepare?

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  1. Respeezy

    Respeezy Purple Belt

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    How serious do you guys approach competition?

    I'm most of all interested in the white belts. (i'd like to know from the higher belts too offcourse )

    How long before the competition do you start preparing? , how do you prepare? do you change food? do you do cardio? how much?

    I'm wondering how serious i should take it, like do i go out a couple of days before, drink alcohol, or should i be living healthy and training every day for a month.. i have no clue what most people do.

    All reply's , tips etc are welcome.
     
  2. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    It really dependson the individuals.

    How often do you train BJJ? Do you do anyting other type of physical activities?
     
  3. Respeezy

    Respeezy Purple Belt

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    I train between 1-4 times a week , i try to do cardio 1 time a week and do workouts at home like 2 times a week ( pushups, stretching etc) .

    I feel pretty fit and don't gas out during rolling , but i know a lot of guys that train daily, sometimes even twice a day , and way harder than me, eating crazy dieets just really living the bjj lifestyle , and i just dont.

    They are blue belts and higher , but it gets me wondering how white belts prepare for competition.
     
  4. acsubie**

    acsubie** Orange Belt

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    I just did a comp this weekend, 3rd time competing since i began training 6 months back. Before every comp I feel mentally and physically ready and do well practicing 3-4 times weekly, but once i get at the comp it's like i lose interest. Just sitting around waiting and I just can't get focused.

    I need to come with a better game plan on work on my known weakness which have gotten me to loose points every time(takedown/side controlled).
     
  5. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    I suggest you prepare for 4 weeks.
    train BJJ as much as you can. so in your case 4 times per week.
    one complete day of rest.
    2 days of cardio training: see crosstraining info for further info.
     
  6. bjjaz

    bjjaz Got the Rock...Time to Roll

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    1.5 months ahead of time for local stuff

    3 months for pans, worlds

    These are the points at which I eat healthy, no drinking, etc...
     
  7. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    so 1 big and 2 small comp and you are sober for 6 months of the year?
     
  8. Respeezy

    Respeezy Purple Belt

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    That's a lot man , 3 times in 6 months.

    I'm sort of a perfectionist , so after 2 years i still don't feel completely ready , i guess i would feel ready for white belts competition around the time that i became a black belt.

    That's why i'm a little bit like , maybe i should just do it, perhaps lose and learn from it.

    I also live during the night and sleep during the day , so i'll have to adjust my sleeping rhytm aswell.

    Interesting reply's so far , in this month that you guys prepare , do you try to learn new stuff? Do you try to work on your weaknesses? or do you try to enhance your strong points.?
     
  9. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    I think the idea would be stick with your bread and butter moves.
    have a game plan, play top or bottom.
    1 tkd, 1 guard, 1 submission. get it simple.

    you will need to do some mock competition at the club as well starting with standing up and with points system/time.
     
  10. raines513

    raines513 Blue Belt

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    I don't cut weight and I train 4-5 times a week any way so I just try to work on things I have problems with, also my last competition I drank pretty much every weekend leading up, I wouldn't drink the night before but unless your cutting weight I don't see drinking affecting you that much.
     
  11. DevinTheDewd

    DevinTheDewd Orange Belt

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    Physical Conditioning.

    Really, you need to be in extremely good shape if you are preparing for a tourney as large as pan ams/worlds... as you could fight up to 6/7 times depending on your belt level. Keep working your moves that youre already good at and if you feel like you need to implement a few things in particular, start working on it at least 12 weeks out so you can get good enough to pull it off in compeition. Personally, I just increase the frequency/intensity of my rolling about 6 weeks out and take a 1-7 day low intensity taper depending on what type of tournament it is. If you have weight issues, you really need to watch what you eat a couple months out- this means cutting out processed sugars,booze, fast food, and other crap your body doesnt need.
     
  12. Jagcorps_esq

    Jagcorps_esq Red Belt

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    I show up.

    Maybe, a few weeks before, I'll go back through my training log and start to develop a mental plan from each position. Then I'll drill those techniques a bit more or try to follow my "game plan" during rolling.

    The week before, I don't roll after Tuesday. Wednesday, a nice skills and drills class. Thursday and Friday, just enough work to get me sweating.
     
  13. PerfectBalance

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    train and eat important nutritional foods such as nachos and peanut butter cookies.
     
  14. raines513

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    I don't cut weight and I train 4-5 times a week any way so I just try to work on things I have problems with, also my last competition I drank pretty much every weekend leading up, I wouldn't drink the night before but unless your cutting weight I don't see drinking affecting you that much.
     
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    879lexus Blue Belt

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    I am a white belt, no stripes. I am only good at the triangle, and one-leg takedown. I also get gassed and my escapes are more muscle than technique. That why I get tired. But I want to go to a competition and give it my all and see how I do.
     
  16. YeahBee

    YeahBee Samdog Original Nine

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    I just compete
     
  17. raines513

    raines513 Blue Belt

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    yea we all do:icon_neut
     
  18. MMA junkie

    MMA junkie Purple Belt

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    Is there a rule to the maximum number of times you can compete a day? I remember in HS there was a maximum of 5(?), I believe.
     
  19. Half Amazing

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    My training is exactly the same leading up to a competition as it is normally. I train 7-8 times a week anyway (all of the classes that are available) so it is not like I can squeeze in any additional training anyway. The only difference is the day before the competition I take off and rest or cut weight and weigh-in if the tournament is close enough to me.
     
  20. Half Amazing

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    Oh and my diet is exactly the same leading up to the tournament as well. Even if I decide to compete at a lower weight class I don't bother dieting, since I'm a heavy 'sweater' and I can drop 10 pounds in around 40 minutes relatively easily.
     

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