The call of competing is a tradition best kept in the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie. Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu believes in its students. We believe in everybody’s potential. Potentials can be tapped only with the right amount of exposure and learning. Training also plays a huge role. But training and learning are not limited only to schools or inside the gym. Competing is one of the great sources of knowledge and experience when speaking about the art of Jiu Jitsu. This is not just to win, but to conquer yourself. Remember: the greatest opponent there is not the one facing you in the mat, but yourself.
As a member of our family of athletes passionate about the art of Jiu Jitsu, we are encouraging you to join the Gracie Barra Nationals to be held on October 20th, at Northwood High School, in 4515 Portola Parkway, in Irvine CA.
Imagine taking part in one of the biggest GB Compnet tournament ever. Imagine being clad in the colors of Gracie Barra. Visualize the atmosphere as you step into the mat, breathing in deep before engaging your opponent. While you are there, relish the feeling of having the support and the excitement of your friends and intructors in attendance as you grapple and roll in the mats.
Tournaments are also great way to “improve” as a person by getting to know yourself better. – Professor Nelson Monteiro
Win or lose, it is definite that after the tournament, you will leave the venue as a better individual; with a wider perspective about the art and learning more.
In line with the much awaited event for the GB Association, we are honored to get a few words from the head organizer and colleague, Professor Nelson Monteiro himself!
GB.com: Thank you for taking the time out from your busy schedule to take part in this interview! So how big is the GB Nationals going to be this year?
Prof. Monteiro: It is expected to be the biggest GB CompNet event ever. We are expecting a 50% to a 1000% increase on the number of registrations .We usually have an average of 550 competitors and for the Nationals we are expecting between 750 to 1000.
GB.com: It is always exciting to see students competing and loving the sport. What are your thoughts about exposing your students to big tournaments such as these?
Prof. Monteiro: We see our tournaments as a great way for new competitors start their competition “career” since it’s a tournament organized and run by GB professors, and with the same philosophy that we have at every GB schools. Tournaments are also great way to “improve” as a person by getting to know yourself better. For example, learning how to deal with the nerves, anxiety, and performing in front of thousands of people. Learning how to deal with loses. And the most important of all, learn from them.
GB.com: How long will the nationals take?
Prof. Monteiro: This all takes place in one day.
GB.com: Give us some advise on the best ways to prepare for the tournament
Prof. Monteiro: Try to train as much as your schedule permits. Develop a strategy at beginning of your matches (try a takedown or pull guard) and if you have the time. Do your homework outside your GB school. Like what Master Carlos Gracie Jr. does; go run some stairs, do sprints, swim, yoga. Anything that can help you perform your BJJ better.
GB.com: what are the divisions in the tournament
Prof. Monteiro: only with Gi. The tournament is open for all ages and genders.
GB.com: Instilling sportsmanship is one of the lessons that martial arts teaches, and especially in the schools. What are your ways of instilling this value?
Prof. Monteiro: Making sure that every student leave their egos at the door. There is no losing in BJJ. You either win or you learn.
GB.com: seeing our very own professors celebrate the art would be great. Any thoughts on exhibition matches?
Prof. Monteiro: At this point, we will not have it, but it is a possibility.
Registration for the GB Nationals event is for $65.00 for every participant. Spectators and fans of BJJ can also attend the event at discounted price for $5.00 if they purchase their tickets online at www.gbcompnet.com, and $8.00 at the door. Currently, the organizing committee is working on getting great accommodation deals with hotel owners within Irving CA for those coming from all over the United States.
Registration is ongoing! Take part in culminating event and celebration of the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! More details to follow in future posts. We will always keep you posted.
Lastly, here are some photos to give you an idea on tournaments