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Preparing for tournaments / competition
I’m no stranger to competitions.

Have was competing in wrestling tournaments in high school and college. Got my second dan in Judo, where your choices to earning that are to wait years or win a lot in various grading tournaments.

Recently I’ve been training in Japanese Shooto https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooto and have my first tournament, first with striking at least, in a little over a month.

While I plan to follow the usual style of training 3-5 times a week while dropping down a weight class, 77kg, I’m curious what/how everyone here prepares for their competitions.

Maybe it’s the inclusion of striking, or the fact that I haven’t had the need to drop weight in a while to compete. But I want to enter this and abuse the fact that I will be physically stronger than the majority of competitors.
06-26-2015 01:01 AM
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Awesome. How much weight are you cutting?
06-26-2015 07:22 AM
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(06-26-2015 01:01 AM)cascadecombo Wrote:  I’m no stranger to competitions.

Have was competing in wrestling tournaments in high school and college. Got my second dan in Judo, where your choices to earning that are to wait years or win a lot in various grading tournaments.

Recently I’ve been training in Japanese Shooto https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooto and have my first tournament, first with striking at least, in a little over a month.

While I plan to follow the usual style of training 3-5 times a week while dropping down a weight class, 77kg, I’m curious what/how everyone here prepares for their competitions.

Maybe it’s the inclusion of striking, or the fact that I haven’t had the need to drop weight in a while to compete. But I want to enter this and abuse the fact that I will be physically stronger than the majority of competitors.

How long before competition is weigh-in?
06-26-2015 07:56 AM
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RE: Preparing for tournaments / competition
Think your best bet with droping fat yet keeping your LBM (muscle) would be to check out the Intermittent Fasting thread. From personal experience, it has been the most effective and fastest way to lose only fat. I even gained musvle mass (very little) but gained being the key word.
06-26-2015 12:13 PM
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RE: Preparing for tournaments / competition
I haven't competed in a while, but when I'd prep for BJJ tournaments the main thing I would do is try to train more. I think that's the best thing you can do for yourself, train more and try to get in as many rounds of hard sparring as you can. I always liked to taper my training down and then not train much at all, or just drill, for 3-4 days before the tournament. It would give my body a chance to recover and let me come into the tournament feeling fresh.

Good luck man. Let us know how it goes.
06-26-2015 04:57 PM
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I have a little over 5 weeks before the event.

I've already lost about 15~ kgs from intermittent fasting. I had been doing it before I had even looked into it. With 5 weeks I'm sure I can get another 2-3 kgs easy (without actually needing to cut) and then dropping the last 2 or so kgs from traditional means of cutting.

Quote:I think that's the best thing you can do for yourself, train more and try to get in as many rounds of hard sparring as you can. I always liked to taper my training down and then not train much at all, or just drill, for 3-4 days before the tournament. It would give my body a chance to recover and let me come into the tournament feeling fresh.

This was the kind of thing I was curious about what you guys have done. All I really know is training balls out with maybe 1-2 days rest before competition. I'll double that this time and stick to drills for 2-4 days before the tournament.
06-26-2015 07:19 PM
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For me I like the little bit of extra recovery time. I know when I'd take a 3-4 day break from BJJ, or even sometimes 5-6 days, I'd come back feeling stronger and more refreshed on the mats and I'd perform better. I think giving your body that extra time to heal really lets your muscles recover and I always felt I had more endurance because of it.

Some people train right up until the day of the event, but I never liked doing that.
06-26-2015 07:57 PM
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When I do BJJ tournaments, I rotate daily between drilling moves from the positions I end up in most, hard rolling following whatever the rules of the tournament (sub-only or timed w/points) and getting shark-tanked, 3 days a week at least. I start the cycle about 5 weeks out and do it for a month, last week I rest and drill making sure I rest the day before the tournament.

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08-05-2015 03:32 PM
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