This is a common question with regard to entering a Jiu Jitsu competition.
When should your first BJJ competition be? When will you be ready?
From training a long time and seeing the landscape (listening to others) I can say it’s mainly up to you. However, no matter how prepared you are when you compete it often feels different than simply training.
But the people who compete a lot and take it in stride as no big deal seem to do well. Because competing a lot helps you compete better and become more comfortable. Of course being 100% prepared adds to results but success is obviously not guaranteed.
The point is active competitors generally do not over think it. They simply do it.
And I think this is good advice for anyone reading this.
Go have fun and compete asap if you feel like it.
BUT… Under these 3 conditions I would say it is not okay to compete yet:
- You have never sparred live before.
- You are injured or not healthy enough to according to your doctor.
- Your coach tells you not to.
Otherwise it’s never too late or too early. Just take it easy, have fun and be safe.