Beating BJJ Competition Anxiety

A great write up on dealing with those dreaded competition nerves.

Youssef Drihmi is a purple belt under Marcelo Garcia and trains at the Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York City.

I’ve never faced anxiety in any aspect of my life until I competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The nature of solitary sports does not afford one the excuse of offloading any of your mistakes and losses on teammates or coaches. The reality is that BJJ is a style of combat and, however rare the occurrence, you do risk serious injury when you train and even more when you compete . I am starkly reminded of these facts in such an irrational way that my animal brain summons the disabling weight of the fear of death and adds it to the equation.

I dislike the debilitating anxiety that accompanies Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions so much that I started to completely dislike competing. The anticipation leading up to the big day, the diet clean-up, the constant weight monitoring, and the intensified training sessions made me dread it all. For a while, I…

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