why are you getting personal? Relax.
1. I lol'd because if the arts was more important than the martial we'd all be doing water colours and expressive dance on the side after training.
2. Inhabitants of the British Isles. But if you want to be a pedant and pick it apart go ahead.
3. Avoiding uncomfortable situations in BJJ is like submitting to your own fears. Just like avoiding working on the weakest part of your game. I don't think Dave was saying you have to be a mundials gold medalist, you just have to experience what competition feels like even just once because it's not the same as gym time. It's much more intense and the intensity and awareness and experience of it can only make you stronger even if you still fear it.
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Furthermore, we're talking about bjj which is more than a sport so the analogy kind of falls flat and to have the knowledge to be great in anything is very different from actually being great.
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I find it amusing that you believe that it is related to fear. I have competed but right now I don’t fancy it. As I feel today I don’t mind if I don’t compete again, I can take it or leave it. One thing is for sure, fear has nothing to do with it. I have tapped many people more skilled than me and I get tapped all the time. It doesn’t bother me the slightest.Originally Posted by zefff
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We have two black belts in our gym Marcos Nardini who competes as much as possible and Doug McMaster who doesnt compete. Both are excellent, both have different games and skill sets, both have a a wealth of knowledge and a great understanding of BJJ.
In thai boxing probably less than 10% of people training compete id imagine that figure is similar in BJJ also.
everyone has competed at my gym.
competition is healthy for your game imo.
Dave wants you to compete but does not make u do every comp and take a medal as some are implying. to get promoted at his club he is simply saying that competition is an important factor not winning medals
I got no problem with people that dont want to compete and as Dave has said earlier if you dont like his system then simply dont train there, go elswhere.
He has also said several times that he is not slating clubs that promote without competition, it is just that his feelings on the subject are based on his opinions.
people say "what if people are only training for self defence"? in my opinion then competition is even more important as there is nothing more scarey than a REAL violent situation. over the years ive seen so many "MARTIAL ARTISTS" fall apart at the first sign of confrontation as they dont know how to handle the adrenaline dump.
Competition gets you dealing with nerves and adrenaline dump which you dont get in a training enviroment.
just my thoughts
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Can't afford to travel and pay to enter tourneys: where this has been the case I have paid entry fees and not taken petrol money off my fighters. Where events such as the English Open have involved an overnight stay in a hotel I have paid for this.
They train for reasons other than to compete like fitness or learn self defense: If they are training for fitness (maybe to lose weigh) then their reward will be when they step on their weighing scales. I don't award belts for loosing weight. If someone comes to join my academy and their only interest is self defence I will offer them private lessons or send them elsewhere. We don't do much in the way of strikes, knife defence, biting, eye-gouging etc in my BJJ lessons.
I coverd the financial / time constraints in the above post.
With regards to your question 'can't risk any injury due to job requirements.'
Several of the posters on here have implied that sparring in the club is just as hard as competition. If this is the case then there is no greater risk of injury in a competition than there is in the club.