14. The Present is the Most Important Match

14.  The Present is the Most Important Match

A lot of people in tournaments think about the finals match when they haven’t even fought the first match. Or they try to save their energy, but in doing so they lose the first match. To me, the first match is the most important because it gets the jitters out. Whether you’re fighting a match in the gym or the finals in the world championship, that match is the most important. The all-time batting average king in baseball said he forgets every last at bat, whether he struck out or hit a grand slam, because only the current at bat matters. There is a lot of talk about being present and in the moment, and in BJJ this is very relevant. It’s important to be in the moment until the next moment, continuously.