Reminders out of Nowhere
For a while I struggled through my training and sluggishly crawled into training. I had amounted great momentum earlier this year and had hoped to compete. But instead, I made too many excuses and shifted my mental energy elsewhere.
So after a competition that I skipped, I stopped drilling moves from Andre Galvao’s book and my enthusiasm for BJJ dropped when my mind shifted towards priorities towards other relationships: moving out, career, people.
The shopping cart gets full before you realize all you needed were your veggies, meat, and eggs.
I rolled with a training partner today who was significantly a larger level than I was. He had great experience and his advise wasn’t one to be ignored.
Quite simply I needed to ATTACK, SIEZE OPPORTUNITIES and TAKE RISKS TO FINISH STRONG.
At least that’s what my brain is processing at the moment. Our roll was playful but he certainly waited for me to finish my armbars, chokes, and sweeps. For a while the act of “rolling lightly and playfully” has it’s drawbacks. Of course it makes BJJ fun and it makes me train longer as much as I can, but this made me neglect my size and strength for a fluid, quick, and tricky game. Nothing wrong with both but with a thinking roll I’ve gotten used to leaving windows for my opponent to figure out their position. This led to me sitting too long in my choke and arm bar attempts. Meanwhile other people at my level take the opportunity to finish strong the moment they take those grips.
Like all lessons on the mat this translates to the lessons off the mat. QUIT LOLLYGAGGING AND GET IT DONE.