How Long Should a Training Camp Be?

It’s now roughly 6 weeks to the IBJJF European Championships. This doesn’t mean the same for everyone but  for me means that it’s now time to start increasing my training volume and intensity. On the other hand I have had some friends and teammates that have already been in competition mode for well over a month. On personal reflection I’ve had some competitions I’ve taken at less than a week’s notice and others I’ve prepared for over 12 weeks or more. So how long should you take to prepare for a competition?

I don’t think this blog will necessarily give any answers to that question but it will give me an opportunity to bounce some thoughts that have been going around in my head and perhaps give you some things to consider when planning your next comp.

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How to be a better competitor without even putting on a gi!

Ok, admit it how many people clicked on this blog just because of the title alone? I would love to say that this blog was going to pass on some top secret mojo that was given to me in a secret ceremony by a legendary black belt but it’s not! It’s far more practical and realistic than that.

Generally you do get better at BJJ by doing BJJ and there are no magic shortcuts. However here are some things that might help if you’re preparing for competition especially during your off mat time (everyone needs rest days!) or if like me recently you’ve been struck by the dreaded lurgie!

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