Overcoming Self-Doubt and Competing After a BJJ Promotion

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by ChampChat Team
Updated: January 06, 2023
You should not let self-doubt hold you back from competing after a BJJ promotion.

Competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) after being recently promoted can be daunting. It's not uncommon for competitors to feel self-doubt, especially against opponents who have been at their new rank for longer. However, the reality is that you won't know for sure how you measure up until you step onto the mat and test your skills. Whether you win or lose, competition can reveal areas of your game that you need to focus on and help you grow as a martial artist.

One of the challenges of competing after being recently promoted is that you may face opponents who were in your new rank for longer. For example, if you are promoted from blue to purple belt, you may be up against opponents who have been purple belts for several years. This can be intimidating, but it's important to remember that everyone starts somewhere. Even the most successful BJJ competitors have had to work their way up the ranks and have likely experienced losses. For example, BJJ Competitor Mason Fowler struggled to reach gold initially when promoted to brown belt. Embrace the journey and use each competition as an opportunity to learn and improve.

How to Deal With Losses After Being Recently Promoted

If you experience losses after being recently promoted, it's essential to take a step back and examine what went wrong. If you have footage of your matches, review it and see if there are specific mistakes you are making or positions you are getting caught in. Our BJJ experts on ChampChat can review your footage and give tips and pointers on improving.

Losses can be difficult but can also be a valuable learning opportunities. Take the time to re-examine your habits in and outside the gym. Are you avoiding the more challenging rolls in training or prioritizing other activities over your training? Are you going out drinking every Friday night? Analyzing your habits can help you identify areas where you need to make changes to improve and reach your goals.

In conclusion, while it may be intimidating to compete after being recently promoted in BJJ, it can be a valuable experience that helps you test your skills, build confidence, and identify areas for improvement. Don't let self-doubt hold you back.

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