“If you can have a chance to compete one time in life, I recommend it. Because it is completely different than everything.”
At the beginning of the video Master Royler Gracie states why competition is so important. The feeling of competing will change how you see Jiu-Jitsu and develop an even greater game than you currently have. People become so nervous or anxious about going to compete. But why? There is nothing on the line unless you put it there. In your first, second, third or fourth tournament, don’t even worry about what place you finish. If you lose your first match, that’s fine, now you know you need to put more effort into learning and developing your Jiu-Jitsu. Even if you win and dominant every opponent, now you know you have developed some skill taught by your instructor or professor. Either way, win or lose, you’ll gain knowledge from competing in tournaments. So look for upcoming tournaments and register early to save money. Take the time and invest in yourself.
Here are a few tournaments: See if any are near you
International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
North American Jiu-Jitsu Federation
North American Grappling Association
Go Grab Your Gi!