BJJ Anxiety - How to beat BJJ Competition Anxiety

mindset Dec 26, 2022

Competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) can be an anxiety-inducing experience for beginners. The fear of failure, the pressure to perform, and the unknown variables of facing a new opponent can all contribute to feelings of nervousness and uncertainty. However, it's important to remember that anxiety is a natural and normal response to competition, and it can actually be beneficial in helping us stay focused and motivated. With that said, it's still important to manage anxiety in order to ensure that it doesn't become overwhelming or negatively impact our performance. Here are a few tips for beating anxiety in BJJ competition as a beginner:

  1. Practice visualization: A visualization is a powerful tool that can help us prepare mentally for competition. By visualizing ourselves succeeding and executing our game plan, we can build confidence and reduce anxiety.

  2. Focus on the process, not the outcome: It's natural to want to win, but it's important to remember that the outcome is not always within our control. Instead of fixating on the result, focus on the process of preparing and performing to the best of your ability.

  3. Take deep breaths: Deep, slow breaths can help to calm the nervous system and reduce anxiety. Take a few deep breaths before stepping on the mat to help you relax and focus.

  4. Seek support: It's important to have a supportive network of friends, family, and teammates to turn to for encouragement and guidance. Don't be afraid to seek support from others when you're feeling anxious.

  5. Remember that everyone feels anxiety: It's easy to feel like we're the only ones experiencing anxiety, but it's a universal feeling that everyone experiences at some point. Remembering that we're not alone can help to put things into perspective.

Overall, it's important to remember that anxiety is a normal and natural response to competition, and it can actually be beneficial in helping us stay focused and motivated. By practicing visualization, focusing on the process, taking deep breaths, seeking support, and remembering that everyone feels anxiety, we can better manage our anxiety and perform to the best of our ability in a BJJ competition. 

What's your experience when it comes to anxiety before and during competition Do you have something to add? Feel free to comment and share so that we can learn from each other's experiences. 


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