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Who are we?

Today I want to share some insights of the Helios team so people can truly understand our vision!

We, the team, are BJJ fanatics ourselves and love to compete. This love of competition and the sport brought us to where we are now. Delivering a new event and sharing our love and appreciation through our vision, putting the competitor first.
We wanted to bring a brand new concept with a fresh look to the scene and we succeeded in doing so. Helios stands for an open event, totally different than any experience you’ve ever had. With an 80% submission rate we delivered, as promised, one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting event of the year!
An average fight time of 4 mins 34 secs never made it possible for the spectator to be bored. If you are watching on the left, you missed the submission on your right.

Next to that, we decentralize the referee’s power by returning it to the competitors. They are responsible for the fight and the outcome, the referee makes sure everything “proceeds” safely.

We dedicate a lot of our time and effort in creating this unique experience for you guys. After every competition we raise our expectations. At the evaluation, right after the event, we start by saying what we didn’t like and what went wrong. What can we improve to make it even better.
Defining this as our starting point, redirects our focus on improvement and innovation. Naming and facing our biggest errors shows us the long path we still have to take to be where we want to be. But if you love what you do, and you do it with passion, this task comes with a smile. After discussing these subjects we move on to what the competitor, you guys, told us. “What did they like”, “what didn’t they like”, “what were the first impressions”, “how was the service”, and so on. If you guys share your experience with us and with the rest of the world, than we can implement your ideas in feedback in our event, in our concept, even in our mindset. We are grateful for every feedback we can get, because we do it for you!
This year we raised the bar a lot. We updated our website and invested a lot in creating a better system and communication. To take it further, we want to provide new challenges for ourselves and provide better rewards for the winners of the competition. Goodies, better service, bigger rewards, you name it, it’s on our task board.
I just wanted to share these thoughts to give you some idea of how we think and how we process the evaluation of our event.

Hoped you liked it and join our next event coming 25/03!

The Helios team

Why we compete

“Why would you participate?”

You probably train hard on training, you have good training buddies. You guys roll hard, what else can you gain from this event?

Let’s start with the essential reason of any martial art competition:

Competition is THE way to test your skills against a fully resisting opponent.

You don’t know your opponents game. That makes it interesting.
You will face different situations and problems, get caught by techniques that you’d otherwise never seen or that never felt ‘this tight’ before.
You’ll also get the chance to throw all your best techniques to a fully resisting opponent.

There is no better way to check yourself.


“I roll harder on training!”

You claim that you roll ‘hard’, but what do you have to gain or lose on training? What is the true motivation to win that roll? Did you really had him in a submission or did he tap out because it was uncomfortable?
With that in mind, when you step on the mats of a competition, the game changes completely. There is definitely a bigger motivation. Fame, money, willpower, medals, there is definitely something to gain from a victory.
Your opponent paid entrance fee, prepared himself mentally and physically for this match and will give his 100% to get the win. His lover, family and friends came to watch him perform.
You will be sure that your opponent is fully resisting and countering everything you are throwing at him. This makes a competition so interesting and so special!
This also brings another factor to the discussion: stress.

How can you handle the stress?

Stress is all around us. In life you’ll get into situations where you’ll have no control. Whether it is work, family, sports, at some point in your life you will be faced with difficult situations. Every BJJ practitioner knows that you aren’t only learning a sport or self defense, but that our art is far greater and more complex than that.
You learn life lessons.
You learn how to withstand an uncomfortable situation and how to overcome it. Some people disregard this aspect and call BJJ just a sport, but if you’ve never tested yourself, how can you know this is true?
Use these competitions to learn more about yourself and gain control over uncontrollable and uncomfortable situations. It will help you and your loved ones in your personal life.

“I don’ want to get injured!”

Let’s be clear about one thing, most injuries occur on training.
You only have max 3 – 5 fights in a competition. Whereas on training you roll >5 times each training!
Secondly, in a competition match your awareness will be much higher than normal and you’ll be more careful of the situation, which itself decreases the chances on getting hurt.
Most injuries in competition occur because the competitor has too much pride. They don’t want to give up.
Please realize that the art of BJJ is an effective art (with other words: It works!) and that, once you get caught in a fully locked-in submission, a tap is the only way out!
Check yourself before you wreck yourself!
You have the power to end the fight any time you wish. Use this power wisely!

My advice: Swallow your pride, applaud the better man, and take notes on how to get back stronger and better!