Do all grapplers need to compete in order to advance through their martial art of choice? While the direct answer is no, there’s always a “but” not far behind it. Most people see martial arts as sports that revolve completely around competitions. With a few exceptions, all martial arts do place a large emphasis on competing. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is no different. You could argue that the whole art is all about competition, as there’s rolling involved in every training session. Rolling, however, is definitely not the same as competition. Jiu-Jitsu tournaments are as different from BJJ classes as they can get. There are a bunch of rules, hundreds of people, ever-changing brackets and all the adrenaline that comes with a martial arts competition. The truth is that while you do not need this experience to reach black belt, you certainly should have it. Actually, you … Continue reading Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments – Do You Really Need Them?
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