I posted this in our private Savarese BJJ group, and I think it is a good lesson for all the lower belt BJJ competitors out there.
This has always been one of my favorite quotes. I have said many times to people that when competing, sometimes it is better to lose early in your BJJ life than win. You learn a lot more from a loss.
I learned this from Royler Gracie when he used to tell the story of his dad giving them $5 for a win, $10 for a loss as kids (Royler later realized it was a way of taking pressure off of him and his brothers). Sometimes a loss can create more focus, drive and determination. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success. The only time we really lose is when you give up. We win or we learn.
Do not be afraid to fail!
For my Savarese BJJ competition team, I am so proud of you. Four competitors, one gold, one silver, and one bronze in a tough tournament. We had a bunch of submission victories, which is always the goal. Submissions are a lost art in BJJ competitions across the country nowadays.
Our team experienced come from behind victories. We didn’t quit in matches we were losing and just had an overall tremendous showing for the weekend. I see only good things in the future for our competition team. We are getting stronger as a unit every tournament.
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