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October 4, 2016 by MMA trainer with 0 comments

Rash guard too tight??! – Mistakes you DON’T want to make when preparing for tournament!

Of course, this article isn’t about how your rash guard fits!

One of the biggest mistakes that most professional BJJ exponents make at tournaments is not coming up to weight. Of course, everybody likes to get into the weight category that is actually a little under their normal weight, because this gives them an undoubted advantage. So, a competitor wants to get into the category that is actually a little under his own. For this, he plans to lose a certain number of pounds just before the tournament.

However, one has to be realistic in one’s expectations.

If you’re 15 pounds overweight and your tournament is half a month away, perhaps you should consider opting for the heavier weight category after all. There are certain good reasons for this. Of course, you will be among the lower weights in the higher category, but on the other hand, cutting out on our diet and doing intense weight reduction training just before the tournament can considerably impair your performance as well.

This can be massively accentuated in the case of some athletes who desperately try to burn off those excess pounds a few days before the tournament.

So what’s the way to go?

The way to go is to plan your weight carefully.

Decide which weight class to opt for and stay within that weight class all through your training, rather than trying to cut out the excess pounds just before the tournament. I know that this may seem counterproductive with most people preferring to train at the weight at which they can develop the most power.

Well, then what I have to say is that if you’re developing optimal power at a weight that is 20 pounds above the weight class you’re opting for, then maybe you should go for the weight class above the one that you’re opting for instead of trying to beat up smaller people! However, that aside, you need to ensure that you’re no more than 5 to 7 pounds above weight within the week before the tournament.

After all, it’s better to compete in a heavier weight class than to fail the weighing-in and to not compete at all.


Another mistake that a lot of people make when getting into BJJ competitions is not doing a sufficient warm up just before the round.

Think about the atmosphere at the average BJJ tournament. Everyone sits around watching fights and when their own match comes up they get engage in explosive action without any warm up at all, and this can lead to serious and long lasting injuries.

I would recommend that you suit up in your favorite rash guard, and do a good number of pushups and squats, and perhaps some lunges a little before your fight comes up, and also do some relaxed rolling with a partner. If you’re in a major tournament, you may have several matches that you have to fight, and you need to make sure that you properly recover between the matches.

Above all, this means taking in plenty of liquids.

Make sure you don’t gulp the liquid down, but drink it in slowly, and make sure that you have some mineral salts added to the water. Taking in some protein is also not out of the question. Don’t overdo it, but take in enough of a protein and carbohydrates mix to keep you going.

Deep Breathing

After this, some powerful deep breathing would help your body regenerate and oxygenate its tissues, and so be able to put out the power necessary for your next match. Flood your blood stream with oxygen, and you will find that this will reduce the lactic acid in your muscles.

If you don’t do this, you will find the fatigue building up before your next round.

Finally, don’t make any serious changes just before a competition.

The ideal way to win at BJJ is to maintain a very stable and reliable system of training and diet and to simply go from that to the competition without making any major changes.

It’s also quite often that you find people saying that they eat something special just before the competition or do a special training routine just before the competition. However, I find that this actually tends to throw people off their game and it can often happen that the change in diet or training actually makes you compete less well than you would otherwise.

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