Our kids did another amazing job yesterday at the U.S. Grappling competition in Richmond! Each of them fought well, had great results, and showed incredible sportsmanship. We couldn’t be more proud of them!
And a huge thanks to the parents and all of the Coaches who came out to support these little warriors. As Coaches it is our role to support not just the students but also the parents to enjoy the competition experience. Days like yesterday, in watching how the kids interacted so humbly, seeing how well they fought, and how appreciative all the parents were truly touched our hearts and taught us a lot. We are super grateful for you all. We love our team!
Matches are won in the weeks, months and years leading up to the Jiu-Jitsu competition. The matches are won when giving it all you’ve got during conditioning, drilling, and rolling in class. It is all about preparation. And it is something that we can never accomplish on our own.
A common question about competitions is: “how do you measure success when competing?” There are several measurements of success. The most common one is how well a competitor performs during the competition and if they win their matches. A better measurement, I believe, is if the competitor prepared well in their training leading up to the competition.
However, at the end of the day, the more substantial question is: have you inspired others, and even yourself, through your vision, hard work, and dedication leading up to the competition? Inspiring others to believe for higher and achieve their own goals is one of the ultimate rewards and achievements of competing. More than just individual accomplishments, it is about working together as a community, supporting each other toward common goals, and achieving something larger and more powerful than anything any of us could have ever accomplished in our own strength.
When a student prepares for a competition, it is a team process. The entire academy participates. Our teammates play a critical role in helping the competitor prepare for the competition through drilling, rolling, and encouragement. Likewise, the coaches put in hours of studying the competitors’ game, what motivates them, adjusting the training, and tweaking the details so that the competitor can perform at his or her best. Significant others and family members forgo quality time at home as the competitor puts in the required mat time. We are all invested. We have put our heart, sweat and, at times, even blood on the mat for our teammate’s dream of competition, for the passion of the sport, and for the love of our team.
Further, the competition itself is then a collective experience shared by the entire team. As the name of the competitor is called, the one who we have been helping to prepare throughout the weeks leading up to this day, we become nervous. More anxious than when we ourselves compete. This is because we are invested. We want the best for our teammate. As the competitor steps to the edge of the mat, seconds before the match begins, with their backs facing the bleachers, the Team Passos patch can be clearly seen on the back of their gi. You can’t help but to notice it. What is being displayed is more than just a patch or a logo. It is a representation of the dreams conceived, limitations overcome, strength gained, a shared community that has fought and won battles together, and ultimately experienced lives changed.
As the team flag is symbolically raised, a collective pride rises up in all of us who are at the other side of the mat cheering them on. We know, first hand, what has gone into this moment. The moments of preparation that has taken place behind the scenes as a BJJ family. How our teammates have put himself/herself on the line, facing their fears, and pushed past what was once holding them back to go after their goals.
Each of our students have played a part in each another achievements. No one has made it on their own. Jiu-Jitsu is a team sport. And by just preparing well and then showing up to compete, regardless of the outcome, is a victory in and of itself.
To all of our students who have demonstrated a high work ethic and commitment to this vision, you have inspired all of us. This is how you measure success. Well done!
We are so proud of all of the students and coaches for their performance at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) New York Open competition this past weekend. Everyone trained very hard preparing and it showed in the results.
And a huge shout out to all of the Team Passos Professors and Coaches who traveled to support our competitors and represent our Team.
We plan to participate as a Team in another competition in the near future. Whoever is interested in competing, please communicate this with your respective coach.
Fourth and final day of IBJJF Pan American Championship are underway. Today is the black belt finals and we’ll see some of the highest level Jiu Jitsu matches with passionate and skilled coaching today.
We would like to take the time to say how proud Team Passos is of Professor Jeff on your performance this weekend. Jeff, your dedication to the art of jiu jitsu, your students, and our team truly inspire us. Keep up the great work!
We are here at the IBJJFMiamiOpen and have had great results! Congrats to our entire team. Jeff and Josh took 2nd (Josh’s first competition as brown belt), Bruno took first, and GC took third. And as always, some world-class coaching by our very own Professor Tony. These are huge accomplishments and a reflection of the preparation, vision, and hard work of the competitors, Coach, and our entire team. Thanks for believing in what we do.