One of the most important and often neglected aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition is the mental battle that takes place before or during the tournament. Black-Belt World Champion, Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall speaks on this topic in his latest free Gameness instructional video. Stephen has immense experience in competing, coaching, and refereeing BJJ tournaments, and he shares some of his tips for what works for him and what has helped him be successful in competition.
His most important tips include how and when to cut weight so that the weight loss does not affect your performance, what to do the night before the competition, and how to set your mind to the correct mode when stepping foot on the match so that you are always looking to submit your opponent.
These tips helped lead Stephen to win the Masters and Seniors IBJJF World Championships, and remain one of the most active and successful competitors in his division. He does this by matching the effort he puts forth on the physical and technical aspect of Jiu-Jitsu with his work on his mental and preparation game. As a coach, competitor, and referee, there is no better expert on tournament preparation than Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall.