Originally posted - October 16, 2015
Competing in a BJJ tournament is a great way to expand your knowledge of the sport, meet new people, and test your skills in a controlled environment. These matches are a great way to gauge your abilities and can be extremely gratifying regardless of the outcome. As mentioned before, even if you consider yourself a casual BJJ practitioner, this should not limit your decision to compete in tournaments and further explore what the sport has to offer.
After making the decision to compete, you should stick to your commitment. This ensures that you take your training and preparation prior to competition seriously. Begin adjusting your training regimen for competing 3-4 weeks before the final date. By the end of the third week you should adjust once again to eliminate any possibility of over-exertion or injury. Prior to any event, proper rest, nutrition and hydration are key to keeping relaxed and being ready to compete. Make sure all fees and administrative processes are dealt with as these are the last things you should be worried about preparing for competition day.
This past Saturday, the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) held their inaugural Toronto International Open tournament. Mamute MAA was pleased to represent at the tournament – Kyle Fox placed first in the Adult Male Rooster White division and Arif Bhaloo placed third in the Adult Male Light Feather White division. Congratulations Kyle and Arif! Keep posted on our Facebook & Twitter for more results at future tournaments. At the same time, Mamute's kids scored a belt at the NAGA competition this past weekend. Congrats everybody!