Why would you spend over £100, diet for weeks and travel for miles to spend a weekend in a sweaty sports venue to fight even sweatier people and potentially lose in the first round?
While it does sound shitty, it’s worth it. Here is why.
How else would you know that you’re getting better?
Much of the time we train with a limited number of the same people. You’ll likely keep losing to and winning against the same teammates as all of you continue training. What’s more, many of them won’t even be your weight or belt level.
Unless you fight your ‘peers’ it’s difficult to tell how much progress you’re making. There may be significant gaps in your game due to only rolling with people with similar style or different body weight. Competing is a single fastest way to identify specific areas that you need to work on.
Mastering your emotions
Competing is a skill in itself. Coming back to it after a break or just starting to participate can be particularly stressful, but the more you do it the easier it becomes.
Learning to enjoy it and to perform under pressure are valuable skills which you can transfer onto other areas of your life.
Keeping your ego in check
You may be the shit in your academy, but chances are it won’t be this easy at a tournament.
Fighting tough opponents not only keeps you from getting overly confident, but more importantly gets you in that great state of mind where you keep looking for ways to improve to be able to beat them. Or if that’s not your goal then at least to go down in a good fight.
This extra focus gives extra purpose to your training, which translates into being more motivated to show up for class.
You’re probably crazy already, if you regularly strangle people with their own clothing for leisure – why not take it up a notch!