As a youngster training muay thai, I just wanted to hit things. I would max out on cardio every session, and often went through the motions of fighting with little thought given to the details. I also wasn’t the best sparring partner as I only had 1 gear, and that’s 100% GO. I got to a good level in muay thai, but I could have gotten there faster. This kind of intensity in training is great for competition and fight camp, but don't forget to also prioritize skill and technique acquisition during the off season.
When I started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 32, I adopted a new mindset. One that gave a greater emphasis to learning and overall being more reflective about my training inside and outside of the dojo. When practicing a new move, I would tone down the intensity to 30% and really try to bring my mind to the technique and form at hand. When rolling, I don’t just do what feels right, because what feels right at the beginning might not be what is “technically” right. I do what is appropriate, and over time that will start to feel right. As a result of this new mindset, I saw tremendous growth and improvement in my Brazilian jiu-jitsu game in a relatively short period of time.
Remember, skill and technique acquisition should be an important part of your fight training. Be analytical, be critical, and strive to perfect your craft. Your mind should be just as tired as your body by the day's end.
PS. With that being side, don't use this as an excuse to avoid those intense workouts! As a fighter, you still need a couple of those a week!
Receiving my purple belt after 3 years of training BJJ. Renowned BJJ coach John Daenarher believes that you can reach a high level in any skill set given 5 years of deliberate practice. Is it really "too late" to start anything if this is true?
One of my toughest BJJ opponents who bested me twice in 2 different tournaments. I have to thank guys like him because these losses really pushed me to deepen my understanding of the art, forcing me to think more critically about my approach to training. I want a trilogy.
My first gold at blue belt!