Saturday, December 11, 2010

Reader Question

Someone asked me this question on my last blog post:

"Can training be efficient if you train everyday (twice a day); almost to a point of obsession?

How do you train Sam? What do you think about those people who are somewhat Obsessive Compulsive when it comes to training and start having anxiety attacks when they miss a training session?

Do you find these people to be more or less effective when they actually fight and competitions?

How about those that have more of a balance with training, social and family life?"

I didn't want to answer him in a comment because I wanted to put more thought into this. I am by no means an expert in the best way to train. I have no world titles. I'm not even an instructor. I'm just someone who is thoughtful about the Jiu Jitsu process.

As far as training per day. I think it's more helpful to think about how many hours a week you put in, as opposed to times a day. Let's say one guy goes in once a day for 2 hours, 7 days a week. Someone else goes in twice a day 4 times a week and takes 3 full days off. At the end of one week, the second guy put in 16 hours whereas the other guy only put in 14. That's 2 hours difference a week, 9 hours a month, 108 hours a year. Not only that the second guy has more time to recover. So really, lets say you have a goal of training 14 hours a week. How you break those hours up in a week is up to you. The important thing is not how many times a day or week or even a year. Just how many hours you put in, in a year. For me It depends on my work schedule. Sometimes I go daily, sometimes a few times a week but multiple times in a day. As long as it evens out to the same amount of hours.

As far as obsessive compulsive about training and feeling anxiety about not training...I must admit I also fall into this category. And it is not healthy. You do need balance with other parts of your life. BJJ should always be fun, that's what will motivate you to learn. Once you get compulsive about it, it's no longer fun. Nor are you in the most receptive position to learn. It may just turn mindless. You never want to be mindless in BJJ.

As far as effectiveness. I have two buddies. Great competitors. They train when they want, they don't freak out if they miss a week of training. When they compete they don't do anything special or different in training. They show up cool as a cucumber and do well. Anxiety is never a good thing. I know plenty of other guys who train obsessively and do well as well. I know others who train obsessively and fold under pressure.

I'd rather not deal with any anxiety in my day to day life. It's a terrible feeling and BJJ should be one of those things that alleviates stress and makes you feel good. If it's no longer doing that then I think it's time for a change. I think your training environment also really affects how you feel about training. You always want to be part of something fun, supportive, and positive. If not, for me my loyalty is to my own personal jiu jitsu journey and I make changes according to what's best for my well being mentally and physically.

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