Learn Something More about Yourself by CompetingRoger Gracie is one of the greatest competitors in the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Technique notwithstanding, what really makes a champion is the will and courage to push through the fatigue and nerves out there. As he puts it, self-belief is what really makes you stand out.
‘ Everything in life from martial arts to business; Why are there so many people doing something and very few achieving the best? …Because, they are the ones who really believe.’
Everyone feels something the first time they step out onto a tournament mat, be it excitement, anxiety, fear, triumph, a loss or all of them at the same time. Each of us reacts to excitement in our own way. You’ve probably got your own way. Where someone might be put down by a loss, you might be that much more driven. Whatever the case may be, potent experiences make us who we are, and be assured, you are going to learn something about yourself if you compete. You might find you have done enough in training to win yourself a tournament. Even a loss can be fuel or a lesson for a different match.