Taking Care of your Mind is Jiu-Jitsu: Why we "shake" before a fight? Is it fear or tension?

Among the more bizarre and inexplicable sensations we feel just before fighting, the most common is the tremor. Many people see the tremor as the opponent sensitivity. They normally believe that trembling hands are a reflection of the emotional state of the opponent. But unlike that thought, this “shaking” does not always mean fear.


If you are a competitor, you do know what we are talking about. The tremor and those feelings in the stomach are common in the days, hours and minutes preceding the fight. But why do we feel it? What causes that shaking? For the athletes, tremor is directly related to adrenaline.

The adrenaline hormone is secreted by the suprarenal glands.
The adrenaline hormone is secreted by the suprarenal glands.

If we are about to engage in combat, the body literally gets ready for the fight. Thus, in a risky or threat situation, the body begins to produce adrenaline to make it ready for the moment of action. These reactions activate the autonomic nervous system. Thereafter, both positive and negative emotions are generated, which can trigger the famous adrenaline release in the blood. So shaking is normal. But how long does it take? Time greatly varies from person to person according to their actions.

Just remember: Do not to let this nervous state dominate you. Use it to your advantage and do your best. OSS!