Competition is an important aspect of most combat sports, and of most modern martial arts. Regular, or even occasional, exposure to a competitive sporting environment comes with several benefits: testing one’s skills against equally motivated opponents; learning to control and channel in a positive way the adrenaline generated in stressful situations; additional motivation during training cycles; a sense of belonging to a team or group of like-minded people; the ability to deal with both victory and defeat in both sports and in one’s daily life.

Our coaches only allow suitably skilled participants to compete in well organised and properly insured and sanctioned competitions, as appropriate to the level of each individual athlete. I.e. if you decide to compete (and it has to be your decision – Shinbudo coaches never put anyone under pressure to compete!), you can be sure that we will direct you to the right competition for you.

If you would like to compete we suggest you speak with both your coach and our designated competition officer. You can contact our competition officer by emailing

Please note: competition is not an essential part of everybody’s journey in grappling sports. Approximately 10-15% of our athletes compete regularly (and very successfully). At Shinbudo you can be a perfectly happy and fulfilled recreational grappler/martial artists, and progress in your grappling art of choice, without ever stepping on a competitive mat.

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