i'm sure alot of you guys might experience this issue, and no matter what I do and tell myself, I can't seem to get over this hump. I won't say I'm good or a great fighter, but I will say I can handle myself. I do fairly well against alot of guys at my academy, and give them a decent match. I know my strengths (atleast I think I do), I know what I'm doing, and I train hard. But come tourney day... things change. I go to the competition with a positive mindset, again, sure of what I'm capable of. And i get there and everythings fine. My match/es start, and at first I'm ok..but then something happens (wheter its a takedown, I trip, whatever) and suddenly I'm overwhelmed. I no longer think clearly. My adrenaline kicks in, I don't think straight, I begin to almost spaz out. I see the match playing out, I feel my opponents movements.. but everythings racing in my mind, that I don't move the way I would in the gym. I've been to a handful of tournaments, and have lost matches because of me not thinking clearly and eith losing good positioning or blowing an opening for an attack. I seem y opponents mistakes, and know in my mind how I should react and attack, but let it pass me by because I'm so pumped on trying to just hold them down and grind out points. My question is to alot of you more experienced competitors, is how do you get into the right state of mind come compeition day? is there a way to train your nerves, is there something specic that you do in training to help get you ready for the pace/environment of a tournament?