Competition Team

Participating in tournaments is the best way to understand Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

MiKe Prudencio – OW Head Instructor

Preparing for Competition

  • You should consider a 4 week period of time for your prep time or camp. If it is your first tournament you body needs to be prepared
  • During that prep period go to every jiu jitsu class possible


  • Applying to the Open weight class and Nogi categories is a great way to build experience
  • When registering for your tournament look for the ‘One World Jiu-Jitsu’. Otherwise, reach out to Mike about what to sign-up under
  • Tournaments often offer early registration benefits. Sign up early and save some money

Weight Cutting

If you make a choice to cut weight to perform in a weight class under your normal weight then keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Keep your weight-loss goal realistic
  • Do not cut weight at a rate greater than 1.5lbs per 1 week
  • The competition is about Jiu-Jitsu, not weight loss
  • Your Gi weighs between 3-4lbs, so sign up and cut weight appropriately going into the tournament

Prep the day before by:

  • No hard training the day before. Flo train and get a light sweat going. Nothing more.
  • Check your weight with your competition gi on. Make certain you are a couple lbs below what you need to be at
  • Eat a balanced meal (Proteins, carbohydrates, vegetables)
  • Check that your Gi is also ‘competition legal’, check that tournament’s standards
  • Get plenty of sleep
One World Jiu Jitsu Competition Team

What to bring:

  • Your favorite water container
  • Some snacks for in between matches
  • Nail clippers
  • Flip flops or comfortable shoes that do not require ‘lacing up’
  • A small backpack to hold your belongings when on the mat
  • Best to bring 2 forms of photo ID when going to a tournament (Drivers License and IBJJF ID)
  • Bring a second gi, just in case you get a rip or your gi is considered not legal
  • If you spend a lot of time on your phone bring a battery backup. You will spend a lot of time at the tournament
  • Rashguard and fight shorts in case you enter the nogi rounds

The day of:

  • Give your self around 90 min lead time before your first match. Some tournaments have been known to run early
  • Make certain to warm up for 30 min pervious to your first match

During the match:

  • Shake hands and show respect with your opponent and referee. You represent OW but more importantly you represent you.
  • Focus on technique over strength
  • Always work for the tap out
  • Shake hands on the way out of the match
  • The refs decision is final. If there are issues you can have a polite word with the referee after to explain his/her decision.

In general remember:

  • You either win or you learn. Don’t take the loss so hard. It’s a teaching moment not an indication of your self-worth.
  • Try the Açaí. It’s delicious