I have been in some form of martial arts training since I was 8 and have been doing tournaments for as longs as I can remember. It is with the modernisation of Martial arts (MMA) that I found that students seem to seek out only training that will result in them doing tournaments.

So what is the purpose to tournaments???

I have always felt that tournaments are useful and can great learning, but tournaments should not be the only focus we have. We are not just athletes, we are martial artists and this means that our bodies, brains and beings are geared to whole other way of being.

Focussing only on winning can cause students to later faulter in training and higher grades when intensity picks up. Strong tournament contenders I have found, tend to especially struggle with attitude, feeling often they should be higher grades when they are not ready and being belligerent in class sometimes.