At RJJ, we’re all for healthy competition.

As humans we’re innately competitive. It’s what drives us to be better and pushes us beyond our perceived limits. It’s the “will to win”.

Whether you’re applying for a scholarship or a job, trying to close a business deal, playing board games or finding a partner… competition is an integral part of life.

Jiu Jitsu is a unique sport where it’s considered an ‘individual’ sport but requires training partners to help us improve. This special dynamic is what fosters healthy competition on the mats and it’s important to understand what healthy competition looks like.

Healthy competition is the epitome of team spirit and being a contributing member of the team. Someone who partakes in healthy competition wants to succeed, but also derives joy from seeing others succeed. 

It’s this growth mindset used in a positive way to help the team (and themselves) reach their goals.

In essence, everyone on the team is striving towards a common goal – to improve their Jiu Jitsu skills.

And to get better at Jiu Jitsu, the team needs to push each other in drilling and sparring, and be a source of motivation for one another on and off the mats.

One last note: Healthy competition also teaches us how it feels to lose. Losing gracefully is an important value that only comes with experience. Loss also teaches us humility, perseverance and resilience – testing our ability to get back up, reflect on our performance, learn from it and come back stronger.