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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2007, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hey boys, I have my first bjj tourny saturday, wish me luck!



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Hey boys, I have my first bjj tourny saturday, wish me luck!

good luck, a tip i must give you is stop by a fast food joint, or starbucks, and grab a handfull of honey packet.

the day of your match may require you to be there at 8, but you may not step on the mat till 3. i eat a bannana in the morning, and use honey packs a few times for the day.

"every second your not training, he is..... and he is doing it, just to kick your ass"
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Thanks man, Ill def pick some up.



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Thanks man, Ill def pick some up.
if your doing gi, be sure your have correct size gi and color! would suck to wait all day and find out you don't fit, then you got to rush to borrow or buy a fitting gi.

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dont get too nervous or excited and tell us how it went!

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Hey boys, I have my first bjj tourny saturday, wish me luck!

how did it go??

"every second your not training, he is..... and he is doing it, just to kick your ass"
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Lost in double overtime, 2-0.

I was so ******* nervous I couldn't even move. I totally choked out there. *Shrug. Hopefully next time I will be less nervous because I am way better than how I performed saturday. Overall it was a good experience though.



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Lost in double overtime, 2-0.

I was so ******* nervous I couldn't even move. I totally choked out there. *Shrug. Hopefully next time I will be less nervous because I am way better than how I performed saturday. Overall it was a good experience though.

nerves is what kills every fighter, what i do is bring a mp3 player, i do not listen to the hard core. i listen to my smooth happy music, it puts me into a world away from the fight (i would give examples, but i'm afarid you guys will make fun of me). if it is a long day, i will find a corner and go to sleep, my team wakes me up when they call my name.

if i watch the matches prior i get too excited and i will be drained when i step on the mat.

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Lost in double overtime, 2-0.

I was so ******* nervous I couldn't even move. I totally choked out there. *Shrug. Hopefully next time I will be less nervous because I am way better than how I performed saturday. Overall it was a good experience though.
I know exactly what you mean. I think losing teaches a lot more than winning.

Almost exactly what happened to me a couple weeks ago at my first tournament! No overtime, but I got pointed 2-0. While standing I realized that I don't know s&*^ about what to do standing with a gi on. We only stand in no-gi class. It threw my game off horribly. I froze and other than a few attempts at a sweep, my opponent was in my guard the entire time.

I was disappointed, but I realized how I have to train prior to my next competition. When most people get really nervous, they go to what they know really well. I know my closed guard is safe, and that my sweeps are pretty good, so I think I defaulted to that game plan and didn't turn it up and try to get an armbar or triangle, or escape from the bottom.

Now, in class, I keep my guard open and force myself to go for submission from the bottom even if I'm pretty sure my opponent is going to pass. Then, when they do pass, I fight my ass off to get back into guard, sweep, or scramble. I have to say that in the weeks since competition I've gotten a lot better because of the changes I made.
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