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Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by VoodooPlata, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. VoodooPlata Brown Belt

    Nov 18, 2009
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    Ok, so i'm entering a couple of BJJ comps this fall. Last fall, i did horribly in the comps i entered, mostly because i was a total n00b and now i'm just a regular n00b. Maybe started competing too soon, but i like it so whatevs.

    Thing is, i've spent all summer with a skin infection which means i haven't been grappling, which means that i've been strength training more. Now i'm a fuckton stronger than last fall. I know that i have a real easy time shedding weight, so here's my question:

    Now i weigh 83 kgs, of which a good deal is fat. Should i compete at
    * 82 kgs, keep 100% of my new strength but still risk being smaller than guys who have dropped from like 90
    * 76 kgs, which is my old weight class where i will probably do ok and still keep a lot of my strength
    * 70 kgs, probably lose some raw strength but likely still be in the top 10% strength-wise, and also be taller than about half the guys?

    Making weight is not a problem, i am lucky enough that my body does what i tell it. In before "don't worry so much about weight and work on your technique", one does not preclude the other. Thanks guys!

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