The way I roll depends on what I want out of my training. Depending on whether if I’m going to competition or not. Right now I’m going to compete, it is not something that I do that often, something like 2-3 times a year. I compete in the european open, International senior and master i Rio, if I have the money, it is alway nice to go to Brazil to train and fight in the birth place of BJJ and I also like to compete in the Scandinavian Open in Sweden. So at the moment I try to sharpen up my game, getting better at the things that I’m good at. I dont try to work on new things. I drill the techniques that I want to do in the fight. I try to get tight in the positions that I want to do in the fight when I do sparring I try to get into the positions that I want to be in.
I started to ask myself in sparring what I should do in the position that i’m in. What grip I need, what my feet should do, ect. this is a really good way to find out what you want and where your weakness is, if you dont know what to do in the position, then you need to find out. Sometime when you get tried or things are moving really fast this is really hard to do. But it is a good way to keep yourself focus on your training and not just do the same things that you always do. I try to get rid of the feeling of being loose in my technique.
When I’m not training for a competition I train very differently, I play much more try new things, let people pass my guard, take my back and so on and work a lot on things that I’m not good at. It is much more give and take. I believe that you can’t always train like it is a fight or you will only do what you are good at and never open up and try something new.
You will stagnate and won’t develope as fast as you should.
Dont forget that it is important to remember what is the purpos of your training.
This is my very first post in my blog. I want to talk about going to seminars and why I think that it is important. Since I did not have a teacher to teach me everyday, since I was a purple belt, seminars was an really important part of my development in Jiu Jitsu. When Peter Blackwell (my first teacher) stopped coming over on a regular basis, we started to arrange seminars with him every month or every second month. To make sure that we had new inspiration all the time. At the same time I went to Sweden once a week to train with Peter and a group of purple, brown and blackbelts. And of cause I went to all the seminar with Leo Vieira and other world class Jiu Jitsu guys. Without this I would never have developed to the point where I’m now. The faster you take charge of you own learning, the faster you will learn this sport.
For me Jiu Jitsu is not just sparring all the time, you need a lot of information to understand what is going on, and that is where seminars and private lessons come in. DVDs and youtube are fine as a supplement to your training, but it is nothing compared to a live instructor. Sometimes it is just a small piece of informations that makes a difference in a position or in the way you do a move. I dont know how many times I have said “Why did I not think of that”, it just seems so obviouse. That is why seminars and privat lessons can save you a lot of time, especially if you dont have someone that is much better then you to point out all you mistakes, you can keep on doing them for years. And you dont even know that it is wrong.
Some people argue that it is to much information, that may be true, it can be hard to remember every little detail, but if you leave the seminar with just one new thing that makes the difference in your game, it’s all worth it. And time spend training on the mat is never wasted. Every time a went to a seminar or had a private lesson it made at big difference in the way I do my Jiu Jitsu. It will speed up your progress.
So if there is a seminar in your academy or somewhere close by, dont miss out, look at it as an investment in your self. If Jiu Jitsu is something that you really want to learn, then DO IT.