BJJ Poll: Does Your Instructor Still Compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments?

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In 2010 we asked you if you think your Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor continues to actively increase his or her knowledge about BJJ. Our unofficial head pollmaster Ross from Northern California mentioned that a good follow up to that would be to ask how many BJJ instructors still compete in tournaments.

We know that competing pushes us to be in better physical shape and whether we win or lose we always learn more about our jiu-jitsu, so it is indeed a great follow up question. But the demands of running a successful BJJ school can mean that there is less time to prepare for competition and it becomes less of a priority than maybe it once was in one’s jiu-jitsu training career.

Let us know whether your BJJ teacher competes these days, and we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

4 Replies to “BJJ Poll: Does Your Instructor Still Compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments?”

  1. Hey Caleb, that’s a great poll question. I have heard of instructors not competing and while that is fine, competing could open up a whole new world of possibilities either with new techniques learned or networking to spread the word on their academy. It is too bad we don’t have more coaches competing adding to the talent pool.

  2. Our academy is in Wellington, New Zealand. BJJ is still growing here down under. The vast majority of tournaments happen in Auckland (1 hour flight/8 hour drive/really long walk). So, for our instructor who has a full time job and family it’s just not practical to compete much. The benefits we would see wouldn’t outweigh the cost.

    However, our club’s academy in Auckland competes a lot and so does their head instructor.

    So, the answer for me is “NO” but it’s a circumstantial answer which is interesting to think through.

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