First Tournament

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bjjmama Spectator 12 posts
Hi everyone. A tournament is coming up in my area and my class mates including my instructor is encouraging me to go. I've only been in class maybe 4 weeks, I really don't understand why they want me to go when I'm so new at this. I don't even know what to expect. I haven't even been punched before. What do you all think?
ninja9578 Regular 92 posts
By your name I'm guessing you do brazillian ju jitsu? That's a grappling tournament, you won't get punched. If you're a good grappler and thrower than I would recommend going.
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green sid Spectator 33 posts
After only four weeks of training it may be a little early, but if your coach thinks you are ok and you are up against other beginners then it may be a good experience.Maybe just go along and support your club mates,I'm sure there will be more competitions come along when you have a bit more training under your belt. Good luck.
andy Resident 729 posts
where do you train? and which tournament?
"no weapon formed against me shall prosper"
bjjmama Spectator 12 posts
Hi Andy, I train at Auburn Family Tae Kwon Do Studio in Auburn, California. And what I found out is that the ternament is being hosted by my school in February.
ninja9578 Regular 92 posts
Tae Kwon Do?

That's a very different kind of tournament, all standup. The rules will depend on the kind of school, if it's an olympic TKD style then it will be a lot of hard kicking, but you probably won't get hurt. If it's a self defense school then it's a better combo of hands and feet, but punches to the head are illegal.
Blue Belt - Gracie JJ
3rd Degree Black Belt - Shorin Ryu
Red Belt w/ two stripes - Soo Bahk Do
bjjmama Spectator 12 posts
Sorry for the confusion. The school teaches Tae Kwon Do, Ju Jitsu and they have Mix Martial Arts class. I'm going to participate in the Ju Jitsu. And I don't know if you read about my injury, but I pulled a hamstrig, its healing well and I'm doing some stregth training on it, but any suggestion to get me up to full capacity would be much appreciated. bjjmama
ninja9578 Regular 92 posts
Do very light stretching after weight training on it, and none before.

Also don't go to the tournament.
Blue Belt - Gracie JJ
3rd Degree Black Belt - Shorin Ryu
Red Belt w/ two stripes - Soo Bahk Do
Prof. Akers Spectator 15 posts
Don't do it, stand up and say no, you've all the time in the world when you are fit.
I hate it when pressure is put on new students to fight (get them blooded), if you get seriously whacked you'll get gunshy, if you win you'll underestimate how hard it is.
bjjmama Spectator 12 posts
Thanks for the advice guys. bjjmama

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