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Nolerama

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I know the grappling community is very heavy on competing. I'm going in for my first submission grappling tournament and I was wondering: what do you all do to prepare for a tournament?

In the past few months, I've increased my cardio and interval training, and even started checking out conditioning classes at other gyms. I've also found myself paying a lot more attention to the finer points while training technique, and relaxing a lot more on the mat.

My diet's changed, and I've toned down the partying.

Before anything competitive, I get anxious, so I plan on swimming laps to tire me out enough to get some sleep the night before the competition.
 

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relax, have fun, & don't worry. bring food to the tournament, because you'll be there for hours. think positive.

let us know how it goes!

jf
 

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I know the grappling community is very heavy on competing. I'm going in for my first submission grappling tournament and I was wondering: what do you all do to prepare for a tournament?

In the past few months, I've increased my cardio and interval training, and even started checking out conditioning classes at other gyms. I've also found myself paying a lot more attention to the finer points while training technique, and relaxing a lot more on the mat.

My diet's changed, and I've toned down the partying.

Before anything competitive, I get anxious, so I plan on swimming laps to tire me out enough to get some sleep the night before the competition.
How long until the tournament?
 

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yes, is the one in KC on the 28th? if so i'll be reffing. i like chocolate donuts 2% milk. i can't emphasize that enough. 2%.

jf
 
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It's the Sasquatch Open on April 4.

What's the competition called in KC?
 

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It's the Sasquatch Open on April 4.

What's the competition called in KC?

I'd ramp up the cardio. You'll never be as tired as when you're competing. 1 minute will seem like 5.

Have some video tape it. You'll learn more from watching yourself compete than at 2 months of class

Put together a game plan. Don't get fancy, but put together a plan for every position. I can give you some example of what this might look like if you want. At it's simplest, it's a table with each position and what you will do if you find yourself there preferably in a logical order. Guard bottom: x-collar choke, scissor sweep, armbar, flower sweep. Guard top: toreano pass, etc.

Of course, have fun.
 

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I've only had one tourny myself...so listen to those other guys!

I will say this, don't have high expectations...go there to learn and have fun. I would make sure someone from your school (upper belt) is there to cheer you on and coach you, it will help you relax a bit.

Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes!
 
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