.Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an individual sport. Although there are teams, schools, and associations, at the end of the day your training partners canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t fight for you. At a competition, once you step onto the mat, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s just you, alone in the spot light.
Everyone reacts a little bit differently, but for me, as I walk out the gym goes quiet. I feel slightly disconnected from the world, like I am watching my body from the outside. Every sound is muffled and slow. I feel my heartbeat in my ears, and my hands start to sweat. My legs get very tight like overwound springs, ready to explode on command. My throat swells a little bit and I canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t really talk. The muscles in my shoulders and neck get a little twitchy and my arms tingle... READ >