The key takeaway from this video is that nerves are something every athlete faces. But in combat sports, it is mano y mano, with nobody else to blame or fall back on. Even as one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts in the world, Matheus Diniz still gets nervous before every match.
Muhammad Ali once said, 'The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights." The key to building authentic confidence is preparing properly. You can't fake confidence, but you can earn it.
You earn it by eating healthy, training hard (& smart), and focusing on your recovery. You'll know that you've done everything you can to set yourself up for success: one fight at a time. The results will come. Trust in the process. Even if you don't compete, a process in which you prepare properly will make you successful in areas outside of jiu jitsu and an overall healthier person.
"Matheus Diniz is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under the illustrious Marcelo Garcia, being part of an incredible generation of athletes produced by the respected grappling coach, a generation that included competitors such as Dillon Danis, Dominika Obelenyte, Jonathan Satava, Marcus Tinoco and Mansher Khera. Diniz made a name for himself in the sport, competing in the brown belt division, where he conquered important titles such as the World No Gi and Pan American." -BJJ Heroes