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Losing Jiu Jitsu Tournaments: How to Handle Losses

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Congratulations, you put yourself out there and allowed yourself to fail. You should be proud of yourself, win or loss. Failure and embarrassment are huge catalysts that will help you propel yourself to the next level. Remember that feeling you had inside when the referee held up your opponent’s hand rather than yours? What did that feel like? You must fail upwards to become a champion, it is part of the process. Nothing great was ever built overnight. Here are some takeaways you’ll need to return after losing jiu-jitsu tournaments.

Losing Jiu Jitsu Tournaments: Losing is good and bad

We want you to reframe from using the word losing. We do not lose here, we learn lessons.

Losing is your gateway to learning those things that you need to work on, if you cannot find at least one thing to pull from the match your lesson here is that you need to detach from your ego.

The only way you will become great is by losing. Losing until you start to become the winner you imagine yourself to be.

Your family came and supported you and you lost in front of them. Good.

A girl you are head over heals for watched you get choked out. Good.

Embarrassment and short-term failure will propel you to new heights. We have a rule. 24 hours to be upset about something but then move on. You can not change the outcome.

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Do not get down on yourself

No one enjoys it at the moment. You are not alone here.

It is easy to get wrapped up in a negative loop. Get right back into the gym and start to build that positive momentum for yourself, that is what you need.

Momentum is the most powerful tool, get right back on the mats and start to create it for yourself again.

It’s time to get right back at it – recover and move on.

You may have lost by points last minute, made a mistake early that your opponent capitalized, or just have been the gold medalist’s first victim of the day.

“Losing” is nothing to be ashamed of, not doing anything about it is.

Ask yourself tough questions. What would you do differently?

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