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sleepykid156
7/28/2011 10:36am,
So I finally decided to man up and signed up for a BJJ tournament. Can some of the more experienced members give some tips and advice for this Jiu Jitsu noob?

EDIT:
The Tournament is this Saturday the 30th.

realjanuary
7/28/2011 11:16am,
from one noob to another: you are not going to rock the world like BJ Penn entering his first judo competition. That's ok.

Do all the sensible things that you should with any sport. Now is too late for technical advice and probably the wrong place to get it (your coach should be where you get your technical advice).

Aside from technical advice I'll put on my captain obvious hat:


eat well, relax and get a good night's sleep the day before
pack your bag the night before and check it has everything you'd use for normal class plus paperwork, water bottle, snacks, extra top to keep warm between bouts, a small video recorder and extra safety gear if needed
arrive on time (leave extra time for traffic / getting lost if it's an unfamiliar gymn)
meet up and talk with your team mates and coach
check out when your division is on, keep up to date with changes as the day goes on
weigh in and register on time
plan when you need to start warming up well ahead of your first bout
talk to your coach
ask a team mate to record your bouts for you
mentally switch on a few minutes before your bout
shake hands with your opponent
don't be a dick on the mat, you'll be meeting these people again, but realise that this will be a little more intense than rolling in class
it's ok to tap but not ok to injure someone else or yourself, see "don't be a dick" above
continue to be "not a dick" after your match, shake hands with the guys in your division afterwards
cool down and talk to your coach
shower and go home
review the videos
get back to training armed with the review from the video e.g. "Coach, I got caught twice by guillotine choke, what should I be doing differently?"

sleepykid156
7/28/2011 11:36am,
I am not really looking for technical advice, more things along the lines of mental preparation and attitude I should have walking into it. Besides, I have been preparing since beginning of the month :p

PointyShinyBurn
7/28/2011 11:41am,
Have fun, try not to get too nervous (nobody is counting except you) and tap if you're caught.

Oh yeah, and decide in advance if you've got a take-down good enough that it's worth going for or just pull guard and do it quickly. The most common losing mistake I see in white belt BJJ is blowing all your energy on the feet when you have 0 wrestling/Judo.

sleepykid156
7/28/2011 11:48am,
Is it wrong to rely on just ONE throw/take down? I have been drilling drop seoi nage endlessly and pulled it off during rolling.

Kintanon
7/28/2011 11:52am,
For your first comp as a white belt having one throw/takedown is probably one more than most of your opponents.
If you think you can hit the drop seoi nage then go for it, but have an plan/idea for what you will do if it fails.

PointyShinyBurn
7/28/2011 11:52am,
Is it wrong to rely on just ONE throw/take down?
Not at all, especially at low-level it's a lot more productive than having five half-arsed ones. And it's one more than the average BJJ white belt will have.

I have been drilling drop seoi nage endlessly and pulled it off during rolling.Most people consider that a pretty dangerous move for BJJ, but if you can do it fairly consistently without getting your back taken then go for it.