Although entering competition is not mandatory in our School, there is still great value behind it as it brings a ‘real world’ perspective to the lessons covered on the mats. It is a true test of not only your skills, but your ability to handle stress and emotions under a high pressure situation… because no matter how technical or physically prepared you are, if your thoughts and emotions get the better of you… it could be game over.
The same principle carries over to life situations such as school exams, job interviews and business meetings etc.
The Dichotomy of ‘Play’ and ‘War’
Competition is a natural phenomenon which occurs in life. Whether you’re applying for a scholarship or a job, trying to close a business deal or finding a partner, playing board games or football, a sense of competitiveness exists when there are two or more parties striving towards a common goal.
Due to the nature of martial arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), competition is an integral part of the experience. Like other sports and games, BJJ is governed by a set of rules that are agreed upon by the participants. This creates a safe environment where competition exists and can be explored. A game where you can ‘play’ or ‘compete’ - the choice is yours.
It’s you vs. yourself
Whether you’re sparring in class or fighting in competition, the goal is to immobilise your opponent. Jiu Jitsu provides you with the tools (techniques) to solve a particular problem… and this problem is enhanced in competition. It is under these conditions, when you really test yourself. Not your skills or knowledge, but YOURSELF because there’s ONE defining difference between sparring in school versus sparring in competition - pressure.
Pressure of nerves. Pressure of emotions. Pressure of expectations. Pressure of winning. Pressure of your opponent. Pressure of risk. Pressure of mistakes.
It can get pretty overwhelming right?
“The mind is powerful beyond our imaginations. It can be our greatest ally or our worst enemy.”
The fear of losing can turn people away from competing. This is why competition has so much value behind it than just proving your skill and winning medals - it is a test of the individual. A test of how the individual handles pressure. Like any other game, the best jiu jitsu practitioner doesn’t always win. There are many instances where the person with the best technique or most experience doesn’t win… and it all comes down to their ability to deal with pressure.
How do you deal with pressure?
How you conduct yourself as a human, a martial artist and an athlete will reflect your performance while under pressure. It is the process of becoming the best version of yourself so that you’re prepared for whatever happens on the big day.
Jiu jitsu takes you on a journey that requires discipline, humility, resilience and sensitivity. There are no shortcuts to developing these attributes and it’s through a process of learning, studying and training that will accelerate your development in jiu jitsu and in LIFE!
If you know you’ve put in the work, fueled your body with good food, trained hard, took care of yourself physically and mentally… then you will have the confidence to perform.
At the end of the day, win or lose, it doesn’t matter. It’s the act of voluntarily committing yourself to a goal and how you conducted yourself in preparation to achieve the goal that matters... And no one can tell you if you’ve worked for it or not. This is something only you can answer.
On 22nd of September the annual AFBJJWA Perth Cup was held. This was a chance for the teams new and seasoned competitors to put their training to the test.
Our school was well represented by our 5 warriors in action (Dylan, Teleisha, George, Anthony). They give their best in battlefield and we come up with good results. With a total of 5 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronzes). A great highlight it was George. He made his competition debut, unfortunate catching a DQ for a slam, but coming back strong with some wins to get his first gold.
As we all know we never fight alone and had a huge contingent of support from the team down at the Herb Graham Rec centre. The love and support was felt by all those stepping onto the mats to fight and doesn’t go unnoticed and it's what motivates the most.
We are now preparing for the next challenges. We hope to share many more memories with you then. Our family is ever growing and we welcome everyone who wishes to improve themselves and experience the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle. To our students, thank you for your support, you make our mission possible, see you on the mats. Oss!
Davis’ tour of Brazil was a time to reflect on the old and explore the new. He spent time visiting and training with a number of Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu schools across Brazil, visiting his Sensei's, running his first international seminar and getting a chance to build on his grappling knowledge by cross training with Wrestling and Judo champions.
During the first two weeks, Sensei Davi had the opportunity to train at Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Guara (@ribeirojjguara) in the Brazil's capital, Brasília. The school is runned by Sensei Diego Pereira and a great example of the power of Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil. With more than 200 students sharing the love for the Gentle Art. Brasília is also the current home for one of the best BJJ athletes at the moment, Yan "Pica-pau"(@yanpicapau). With some amazing sessions together it was possible to absorb a lot of knowledge to bring to Australia. Last, but definitely not least it was time to get together with Sensei Saulo Ribeiro, Sensei Xande Ribeiro and Sensei Fredson Aves. Having some great time together and trying to grasp all the greatness from three incredible Martial Artists.
After an amazing time in the country's capital it wast time to head to his home town, Fortaleza. Located in the northeast of Brazil, the city is one of the main touristic destinations of the country. Fortaleza is a surprisingly large and sprawling place. It’s one of Brazil’s biggest cities, and an economic magnet for people from Ceará and beyond. It’s also a draw for tourists from Brazil and overseas, who come for its beaches, party atmosphere and the spectacular smaller beach spots, rolling dunes and fishing villages accessible from here.
For Sensei Davi it was time to see family and friends, but also to connect with the roots of his Jiu-Jitsu. In his words, "Jiu-Jitsu is part of my daily routine, a tool to keep me grounded and the best way to connect with people". In Fortaleza, he visited his first Jiu-Jitsu teacher Guilherme Rocha "Caju", who now runs an Alliance affiliated academy. "It was amazing to see him, a great friend and big supporter of my Jiu-Jitsu journey". Another great moment it was to do wrestling session with the National champion Marcos Wesley (@_marcoswesley) organised by one of Davi's great friends and Bjj teacher Sensei Fabricio. "The kid is an unbelievable wrestler, moves like water. Most of all it was amazing to share the mats with Sensei Fabricio, great man that I consider like a mentor". To finish the tour Sensei Davi ran a seminar sharing Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu methodology and some great techniques to more than 30 eager students.
A particular highlight was expanding the RJJ Perth's family with the biggest RJJ clubs in Brazil. RJJ Perth are looking to develop sister school connections with the RJJ schools in the capital of Brazil, Brasilia and Manaus (@ribeirojjmanaus) which is owned and ran by Sensei Davi’s own Sensei, Fredson Alves.
This will be create amazing opportunities for cross training experience and assisting with the incredible social projects to assist under privileged kids to be able to train Jiu-Jitsu.
Every high-level grappler complements their Jiu-Jitsu training by doing additional strength and conditioning work away from the mat.
By their nature, typical kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders, and increase grip strength. Everything that all practitioners of the Gentle Art need to improve their performances on the mats and take their game for the next level.
This last Sunday, 14th of July, we had the opportunity to learn from coach Shonelle Rutherford. With more than 10years with extensive experience and qualifications in Kettlebells, Yoga, Olympic Lifting and Movement she made a good connection between kettlebell movements and Jiu-Jitsu and finished with an insane workout. Thanks Coach!
We'll keep on bringing professionals with experience that could help us to improve our performance in Jiu-Jitsu, stay tuned for more!
Sunday the 10th of July saw Jamie Kercheval, Tomas Kercheval, Dale Fulton and Teleisha Hill take the mats for the 2nd Submission Grappling Tournament. SGTs' unique ruleset guaranteed for some very exciting matches, as wins were only secured by sub-mission.
Jaime was first up with 3 rounds, drawing twice and losing just one match. All 3 matches she fought she showed excellent fight control just narrowly missing out on some submission finishes. Thomas had a best of 3 draw with the same boy, he has showed tremendous improvements every he has stepped on the mat. Always coming back for more.
Fighting in a mixed blue/purple belt division Teleisha had 5 fights in Gi and No-Gi divisions got plenty of mat time and lots of experience under her belt, finishing the day with 2 draws and 3 losses.
For Dale this was his first competition as a bluebelt, and what a debut it was! also drawing a best of 3 bracket, he only needed two fights submitting his opponent by triangle and arm bar to take home the gold.
A big day for team at the state no-gi adults and junior gi winter comp with the junior team competing for the first time! Despite the small number of competitors for team repre-senting we still finished we bunch of medals.
Our sensei Davi Mattos taking out the gold medal in brown belt heavy weight division, unfortunately due to an to injury to a knee in his weight finals he was unable to continue on to the opens.
Jaime placing third in very tough mixed bracket, showed amazing heart to keep fighting the whole time. Tomas unfortunately missing out on a medal but put on a take down clinic, taking his opponent down twice with drop ippon seoi nage. Brad Williams showed excel-lent composure in his weight bracket to take home the silver. Teleisha Hill won her open weight division and took home a bronze in her weight division.