Second week of the year

Defend you neck at all times

Started monday with being as tired as it was the end of the week, I think that I did not get enough rest during the weekend. But what can you do, I’m in the last weeks of my training, so I just have to push though, I think that everybody was really tired from the last weeks training, but people are looking better and better and I think that we are going to have a good eurpeans. The guys that have an game plan in their Jiu Jitsu is so much harder to defend against, because they always know where they are going, instead if the guy who is just looking for openings. When you are fighting a guy with a game plan, a guy that is good at imposing his game on you, you have to try to get him out of his comfort zone and dont try to play into his game, because that is just what he wants. So if you know that he likes to play the deep half guard, dont go in there, only go there if he puts you there, I know that this is hard to do, but that is what you have to do.
This is what I have been trying to work on since I started my training for the championship and I worked on being more strategic, I just moved up into senior 1, so now I only have 5 min to get my points, so I dont have so much time so score my points, and if you fall behind you have to work hard to get back into the game. This changes the way you have to play your game.

This week I trained differently from the morning to the evening, in the evening classes I trained more defence, because I was tired, so not to risk getting injured, I did not go that hard in the evening and work on my defence work, allowing people to pass my guard, getting my back and so on. I used this a lot when I’m tired, then I can still train and get something out of it. You just have to get used to getting tapped, but that is all part of the training. Just remember that training is not about winning, it is about getting better. You cant always just train at what you’re good at, or you will have big holes in your game. So leave your ego at the door.

This week I got 11 training sessions done, two of them physical training the rest Jiu Jitsu, I took the weekend off, because I could feel that my arm was a little over worked, so I took the decision to sit out the competition training saturday. I think that it was a wise decision, because my arm feels a lot better them it did yesterday, so now I’m ready for a new week.

As always I tried to film as much of my sparring as posible

First week of the year

Training hard, hard training

The first week of the year, was really hard, had problems with my stomach, many of the guys from the gym had the same problem. Training was hard, I had no energi, but that is way is it good that we are a big group that is training together with the same goals, it is much easier to motivate youself, when you are not alone. The last training of the week, saturday was a killer as always. I was completely done after that. Situation sparring from bad positions, 5 min rounds in groups of 4 people. Got tapped, a foot in my mouth, a kick in the balls, but when we were done it felt good. You over come yourself. Two hours of training and sunday I had to get up early to go to a competition with the young guys, but it was worth it. They did a really good job. 3 guys and 4 medals, I was really happy, it is nice to see them in action, making the tings that we train at the gym work in competitions. 2012 first 4 medals and many more to come.

Back from sickness and new years

It always sucks coming back from sickness, body dont feel right, you get out of breath really fast. But it was good training again. I did not train as much as the other weeks because of New Years, but I think that it was good for the body.

From the 26th to the 31th of january I only did two BJJ sparring sessions. I did not do any physical training that week. I had a really nice New Years eve with some of my best friends, we made some nice food.

Looking at the videos of my sparring, really helps me alot. I can see what I did wrong in the sessions. I would be best if I had some one, controlling the camera, but that is not the case, so sometimes we roll out of the frame.

I will write more about my training last week tomorrow, now it is time for rest.