Never been injured in competition, look at it as a very intense sparring session. Your much more likely to get injured in training. As long as you tap in time you should be fine
I’m not sure about this advice. A guy broke his femur in competition at my gym and another dislocated their elbow and had to nurse an elbow for months.
Now I’ve also seen students get their shoulder dislocated in training and one broken arm.
Full disclosure: I’m a white belt with about 12 months in.
I think there are definite merits to competition; I’ve shot IDPA/2-gun matches, played football, and taken professional certifications. Pressure were all part of those and it’s much different. I do think there is value in adding pressure.
That being said; I’m 30 and I’ve lost 45 lbs doing Jiu Jitsu. I want to stay being able to do this three times a week and in rolling I’ve had back strain issues and other minor injuries. I want to do this long term, and I’m not willing to right now to go throw it out all on the line for Jiu Jitsu.
Would it make me better and expose limitations? Absolutely. How much better? Eh, debatable.
I quit shooting competitively because I got tired of driving an hour to an hour and a half shooting for 60-90 seconds total match time, and spending about 6-8 hours standing around or pasting targets.
It seems Jiu Jitsu comps from what I’ve heard are similar experiences. All day, a few matches (maybe one if it’s an elimination) and a couple hours drive.
Right now, the 2 hours open mat time with a purple belt or brown belt with a critical eye on a Saturday would probably serve me better.
Your mileage may vary.
Hey no one says you have to compete... I think you may be over thinking this. It’s a bjj match not an MMA fight. I’ve competed dozens of times and have only ever been injured during training most likely from me being to relaxed and not reacting to danger as I would in a competitive mode. I’ve also see more injuries in training. As long as your not trying to be a hero and gut out a submission the risk is probably the same as sparring or open mat. For reference I’ve competed dozens of times and have been training almost 10 years. But if it’s not for you it’s all good, no one says you have to do it. I just don’t think worrying about getting injured is valid, not when you’re literally doing the same thing multiple times a week.
Fair enough. I’m just leery for the reasons above.