BJJ and Competition: “If You Do This, I Will Lose My Mind”

This is another one of those phrases I never thought I would say in jiu jitsu class.

Sometimes competition can be just as nerve wracking for the coaches as it is for the competitors themselves. I firmly believe half the white hairs which comprise my gray streak are probably from coaching my teammates at tournaments. Well worth it, but still.

We’re headed to a NAGA this weekend, so during one of the classes we (the higher ranks) did a quick review of the rules and points with the white belts. We started to talk about mount, and points for taking the back, and I’m not entirely sure how we got to this point but I rolled onto my belly with my legs straight and just laid there, explained that position is what we call a flat turtle, cautioned them to avoid it and said,

“If you do this, I will lose my mind.”

I understand things happen sometimes beyond our control during a match, but in complete honesty- yeah, I would probably lose my mind. I don’t think it’s something they would even think about consciously doing, but again, crazy things happen sometimes in tournament.

Just wanted to share with you all. Have a great day everyone!

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One response to “BJJ and Competition: “If You Do This, I Will Lose My Mind”

  1. Hahaha! I love that! Where were you six months ago? At my last tournament, that’s exactly how I died in two of my matches! Now that I know, I know exactly where I don’t want to end up… but I wasn’t used to folk flattening my turtle out rather than trying to flip me over! 😀

    I don’t think my coach lost his mind, at least externally. He was probably screaming inside. Hahaaa!

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