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    Can White Belts Enter BJJ Comps?

    I don't know if this is a country or school specific question, but I was wondering if BJJ white belts are permitted to enter competitions?

    Not that I'm getting ahead of myself but I would interested in competing if I don't suck real bad at it.

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    You can generally enter whatever you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayhem
    I don't know if this is a country or school specific question, but I was wondering if BJJ white belts are permitted to enter competitions?
    BJJ competitions are generally split into belt divisions, and they most often will have a white belt one. Barring sandbagging, this means you can generally enter without fear of getting unduly folded, spindled and mutilated on your first time out.

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    Worst case scenario, you lose embarassingly, as long as you remember to tap when you need to. Like if somebody starts using an illegal technique or something, first try to let the ref know, but if he ain't listening, and you're about to be injured, just tap.

    EDIT: Also, a warning, don't assume your opponents will be clean. If you start bleeding, or he starts bleeding, RUN don't walk to the nearest water source and disinfect the **** out of any wounds. I caught herpes (not genital, for whoever is going to joke about this) from a guy at a tournament, no joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Choke You
    EDIT: Also, a warning, don't assume your opponents will be clean. If you start bleeding, or he starts bleeding, RUN don't walk to the nearest water source and disinfect the **** out of any wounds. I caught herpes (not genital, for whoever is going to joke about this) from a guy at a tournament, no joke.
    Submission (Blood Borne Virus)?

    That may be the most awful thing I've heard today, you poor unlucky bastard.
    Quote Originally Posted by I Choke You
    Worst case scenario, you lose embarassingly, as long as you remember to tap when you need to. Like if somebody starts using an illegal technique or something, first try to let the ref know, but if he ain't listening, and you're about to be injured, just tap.
    Additionally, when rolling as a beginner, tap if someone is twisting, pulling or cranking any piece of you in a way that you don't understand. Just because it doesn't hurt yet doesn't mean it's not a submission.

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    You can enter, but if you do no-gi be prepared to have more wrestlers than BJJers in your division. Our tournaments here go on years of training rather than belts so it gets even worse.

    Quote Originally Posted by PointyShinyBurn
    Additionally, when rolling as a beginner, tap if someone is twisting, pulling or cranking any piece of you in a way that you don't understand. Just because it doesn't hurt yet doesn't mean it's not a submission.
    No proper tournament will let white belts do heel hooks. Protect your legs all the same, but it's unlikely that anyone will do something to you that you have yet to see in class.
    Last edited by Dreadnought; 1/03/2006 12:46pm at .

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    Do they not have white belt divisions down there?

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    What to you would be an embarassing loss?

    I am going to enter an upcoming Machado tournament hopefully if I think I am doing good enough in class with the other white belts who just got done competing in a local tournament.
    I'll make one when I can find one I like.

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    An embarassing loss? You flop around like a fish out of water and tap quickly.

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    Ahhh, well I don't think that will happen to me. I am not great, but I can atleast handle myself for awhile.

    I think my main problem is going to be takedowns and takedown defense. I need to start going Sunday's and working on my takedowns ;(
    I'll make one when I can find one I like.

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