BJJ Mental Coach: Did I earn the medal?

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Gustavo Dantas

Gustavo Dantas

On April 11th, 2015 I competed in the Black Belt/Adult/Light weight division at the IBJJF Rome International Open in Rome, Italy. The division included six athletes, seasoned competitors and young new talents as well. For the first time in my career I encountered a new experience, I had one match, lost and took third place.

I lost my match to Samuel Hertzog (2013 Abu Dhabi World Championship Adult Silver Medalist) by 2×0 (50/50 sweep). Samuel ended up losing the finals to one of the best feather/light weights in the World, Bruno Frazzato from Atos, by advantages (3×0).

“Should I even keep the medal?”

“Did I earn the medal?”

“Should I feel embarrassed about it?”

If you have experienced this before, maybe some of these thoughts have floated around your mind at some point. If you haven’t experienced this situation before, you might know someone who has, or at least you have an opinion about it.

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