This is a common Jiu Jitsu topic – competing. Jiu Jitsu has many benefits. It can help you lose weight, feel good, find friends, the list goes on and on.
Another benefit is that Jiu Jitsu allows people to harness their competitive nature outside the academy or inside. So just by doing jiu jitsu and rolling you are in a way competing. Be it within yourself or against another person.
Must you go to an outside event to compete?
No, of course not.
Most people are not getting paid to do Jiu Jitsu nor may they have the time or the drive to compete. For many Jiu Jitsu may simply be for recreation. Competition can certainly help you get better if you are measuring your results and fixing your game as you go. Competing is often against students from other places who you have no idea about and they may go harder than a normal roll at your gym due to the perceived stakes.
If you want to compete then compete. Have fun with it. Some people let wins and losses define them. It’s not to say we should try and lose but just as life make it about the growth progress and the process rather than wins and losses or you may end up falling out of love with Jiu Jitsu should you lose and not learn from it – as cliche as that sounds.
Competing often will help a person’s game open up and refine loose ends. I once read that when it came to card players the ones who competed advanced more rapidly than the recreational players because they invested more time and effort. Whether this is true or not for Jiu Jitsu I cannot readily verify and it may be case-by-case.
But again, whatever route you choose don’t allow competition alone to define your Jiu Jitsu journey. If you want to be the best competitor then that is great. Surely it can be transferred over to other areas of your life if you let it. Either way stay safe and have fun out there!
What do you think about competing in Jiu Jitsu? Is it a must? Leave your comment below.
For further reading about competing check out this article about the pros and cons of weight lifting for Jiu Jitsu. This should help you whether you decide to compete or not.