Thursday, February 11, 2010
Grappler, Don't Let Fear and Fatigue Weaken Your Training.
OK. So, you're not going to train like a champion every time you step on to the mat. Some days you're just going to be lacking - maybe you stayed up too late watching "The Real Housewives of Orange County" or you got in a fight with your girlfriend (or boyfriend) or your dog ate your grappling tights. Maybe you are nursing some ailments or are just physically run down. It happens.
We've already established here at DSTRYR that you MUST minimally show up (regularly) and work hard in order to improve and realize your full badassedness. But, as we've just established, it's natural that you will not be at your best 100% of the time. Therein lies a common problem.
A common bad habit that I see time and time again in my own training is EXCUSE MAKING WHICH LEADS TO SUBPAR TRAINING. And, because the sport is so rigorous and demanding, it's very easy to do in the game of grappling. Coasting has no place in your BJJ training. Just for fun, I've broken it down into a few archetypes in the BJJ world. We embody all or most of them at least some of the time. Here a few types we want to avoid being:
Run and Hide Guy. So, I'm exaggerating a bit here. Sure, there are plenty of so-called grapplers out there who literally run and hide at the first glimpse of a real challenge in free training. Hopefully none makeup the DSTRYR readership . But, we are all guilty in a much subtler way. We all know the athletes in our camp or club who will give us the greatest, gnarliest, most painful challenges. And, sometimes, we fail to accept those challenges on account of being tired or hurt (or late for a mani/pedi or some other lame excuse).
I know, when I'm not feeling my best, I'd prefer not to have to fight for my life. But, bottom-line: it's weak and we need to resist the temptation to back down. In the end, getting your ass kicked in training jiu jitz (as long as you aren't injured in the process) is 100% a good thing. Plain and simple, it makes you better.
The Staller. A much more common offender than Run and Hide Guy, this breed of grappler wastes everybodies time, holding positions and failing to advance his game during free training. Instead of taking the necessary risks to improve his game (and his opponent's), The Staller chooses to ride out the clock. The Staller usually acts out of fear or fatigue or both.
We all do this. For example, I sometimes find (usually when matched with a very strong opponent) that, after I've passed guard, I'm content to maintain side control rather than risking a submission attempt. It's weaksauce jiu jitsu. And, it's a bad habit that needs to be quit.
Mr. "Let's Go Light." Fortunately, I'm never this guy. But he's out there and he cracks me up. Don't get me wrong. Going "light" in jiu jitsu free training does have it's place: for warming up, dealing with an injury, focusing on movement/flowing, etc. But, for the average, healthy, mid-level grappler, free training is not to he gone about "lightly." You need to go 100% full speed on a regular basis. Not quite murderous (sometimes this actually helps), but closer to that than "light."
The Guy Who Doesn't Wash His Gi. This is a total non sequitur. This guy has nothing to do with today's topic, but I really hate this guy. No one likes smelly gi. No one.
So, there, grapplers. A few things to think about as we move along this grappling year. Just remember, you're already there, so why not skip the excuses and get the most out of your training? I gotta keep telling myself that .
Posted by DSTRYR at 9:45 AM