Thursday, February 16, 2012


I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.
20 April 2007 @ 12:47 am

I spoke to my instructor Shawn today what I am lacking and why I feel like I am not making that step up to the next plateau. I asked him 3 things he could tell me. He told me that it was lack of pressure when I am moving, whether attacking or passing. Secondly would be fear of getting submitted, which may be why there is a lack of pressure, fear that I might bulldoze into a submission. Third would be to train until exhaustion, train until I have nothing left, this will make me rely on different skill sets. Anyone can roll their best A game for 7 mins, true champs have B games and C games after.

I was hoping for glaring holes in my game but he said I do everything well and I know what I am doing, his advice would be to work on those things. It almost feels like one of those sugar coated, just try harder kind of answers. But this may exactly be what the doctor ordered and its what I been trying to do lately anyways.
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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