Local athletes from Ralph Gracie Florida in Port Orange, under the instruction of Regis Calixto, earned medals January 27, 2018 in the United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation USA Nationals tournament, and February 3, 2018 at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Atlanta Winter International Open. Read Article
Ralph Gracie Florida opened its doors in Spring of 2016 and with the help of lead instructor, Professor Regis Calixto, has produced top level competitors in several BJJ Tournaments. Professor Regis’s experience in training BJJ students in competition goes back years and his dedication to his students is phenomenal. Professor Regis’s own experience in competing in tournaments is quite extensive and he holds many tournament victories in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).
Benefits of Competing in a Tournament
BJJ Tournaments are great for anyone wanting to take their “game” to a higher level. The mental and physical preparation that one must put in to get ready is very important. There’s nothing better for speeding up your learning and technical focus – especially if you are a beginner. There are many side benefits of competing in a tournament that can include better diet, increased focus and the development of a closer bond with your teammates.
Should You Compete in a Tournament?
Competing in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament is not for everyone and it’s certainly not required as part of your training. Depending on your own individual circumstances, doing a competition should be discussed with your instructor(s) and the pros and cons should be weighted equally. What tournaments to compete in is another factor as there are many out there including but not limited to:
- International Brazilian Jiue Jitsu Federation (IBJJF)
- United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF)
- North American Grapplers Association (NAGA)
For information on BJJ tournaments, please contact Ralph Gracie Florida in Port Orange to discuss if competing in tournaments is for you.