This week has been exciting for me. Today, I just registered for the 2011 World Series of Grappling and Jiu Jitsu held by Grapplers Quest next Saturday, November 19. It will be my first Jiu-Jitsu competition, and this week, I’ve felt my first set of nerves.
Monday, I just realized that the competition was coming in two weeks and that I needed to shed 10 pounds, bringing me down to 129 lbs, just about how much I weighed in high school (125 lbs). Wednesday, I woke up at 6am, dreaming about different strategies and techniques, struggling to put myself back to sleep. Today, I checked my weight and saw that I’m 134lbs, with 5 lbs down and 5 more to go. I’m feeling good–healthy and quicker with more endurance. However, the anticipation of competition leaves an distinct feeling in the gut, that I oddly enjoy. It’s frightening. Nobody wants to lose, and it is very well possible that it may happen. But it’s also exciting, driving the motivation for self-improvement, focusing on mental strength and stability. It’s all about perseverance, patience, discipline, determination and the desire to win. I remember why I enjoy the martial arts. These are the lessons that I learned early in my life to pave the way for success within sports, academics and in life.
The anticipation of competition is rejuvenating, and I’m feeling another surge of well-needed energy in my life. Win or lose, I am enjoying this experience. Nonetheless, I am keeping my eye on the prize. My mind, body and spirit wants nothing but gold next weekend. It is interesting the psychology behind competition, but I know that I must envision winning, while training my body to endure the physical exertion, and keeping in mind the strategy behind the art. I am a beginner, but I always strive for self-improvement and to be the best that I can be.
Here’s to the winning spirit.
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