Friday, November 25, 2011

A New Perspective

It’s been about a month now that I’ve been back to BJJ training since injuring my knee. So far, I've only been taking the Women’s Only Classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays each week. This is partly due to my mild distrust of the guys in the beginner’s class that I've yet to get over (Sorry Guys, nothing personal… J), but mostly due to the new attitude I've acquired since returning to training.

After about 3 Months off of BJJ, I found myself not just hesitant but almost fearful of returning to training. Since beginning Jiu Jitsu in December of 2009, I’d never taken more than a week off of training, ever. Thus, I wasn’t only feeling unsure about how my knee would do after such a hiatus, but also how my body/mind overall would bounce back. So despite my love for BJJ, it was definitely a bit of a struggle to get my now lazy and frightened butt back into BJJ class for the first time. Luckily, on my first day back, my body truly surprised me. My knee felt strong and I found myself moving as if I’d never left. The fear I originally felt was pushed aside and quickly replaced by a sense of relaxed focus. 

I’m back, and it feels SO good.

Since returning, I feel mentally and physically refreshed which I think is showing in my BJJ game. My body has absolutely proven its resilience, and in doing so, has really given me a new perspective on my training regimen. I can now see that I was definitely overtraining before my injury. Since I was typically feeling tired and overworked at training, I wasn’t able to really stay mentally engaged. Thus, I really wasn't absorbing everything I should have and I was struggling to train at my peak ability.  I was too focused on my short term successes and felt as though I must constantly, no, incessantly, train BJJ in order to reach my goals. This method may very well work for a lot of folks, but I've found that for me, a balanced approach to training is definitely improving my game. I’m exercising just as much (well, working up to it at least J), but I’m replacing some of my BJJ sessions with effective alternatives. For example, I now regularly do Strength and Conditioning for BJJ training with my awesome teammate and bad ass trainer, Victoria. I also plan on adding one session a week of Judo and an additional day of BJJ technique-only training. Altering my regimen to include more variety is allowing me to optimize my physical ability while also improving my BJJ game as I now feel truly focused and enthused during EVERY training session.

In closing, I wanted to join in on the holiday fun and reference the always interesting Julia Johanson’s Blog Series “Grateful for Jiu Jitsu”. There's lots of reasons why I’m grateful that Jiu Jitsu is in my life, as I truly couldn’t imagine my life without it, but after reading about Julia’s second reason “Community”; I realized that this is definitely one of my top reasons as well. Training Jiu Jitsu has granted me entrance into a very special community in a very broad sense but also in a very narrow sense. I get to travel to big tournaments and meet new people who all share the same passion and respect for the sport as I do; these interactions always make me feel like a part of something much bigger than myself. However, on a day-to-day basis, I get to experience this same feeling and sense of community on a much more micro level. I’m so lucky to train with such an amazing team, Team Roberto Traven. But, even more specifically, I'm so lucky to have an amazingly dedicated and diverse group of ladies to train with on a consistent basis. These ladies not only hold me accountable, encourage me, and push me to improve, but most importantly, these ladies are my friends whom I'm SO thankful to to share my love of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with everyday.

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1 comment:

  1. you guys are a source of inspiration for all of us - keep it up buddy.


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