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.
07 May 2007 @ 07:11 pmAbout the Author:
With an injury I got more time to think. What I think now is: a long time ago I thought what was most important in learning to grapple was training. How hard you trained, how tough you were, how much of your time was to training. Training I mean as in rolling and sparring. I wanted to go to the toughest school around and I had found it. 20 min techs, and the rest of the time sparring was fine with me. After countless injuries and a real lack of sound techniques and foundation, I sought out the best techniques, in person, videos and dvds, seminars, etc. Now I train at a super technical school. When I was starting I thought it was about how often you train and how tough you were, later I thought its all about technique and not about how tough you are, now I realize as good as technique is, so are the hours you spend rolling and training tough.
What's the point if you are the best white belt or blue or purple or even brown belt as far as technique, when you only look technical while getting smashed and beaten and you say to your friends who watched, he beat me cuz hes too strong. Guys who suck more than you but are more tenacious, train harder and tougher, end up smashing you when you roll. It sucks but it shows a flaw, that you trained too much in just technique, not in application.
I remember when someone got bruised up after training and complained how sore he was, UFC fighter Karo said something I will never forget which was later repeated by Rodrigo Gracie. Karo said, grappling's a tough sport, if you can't take it, get out.
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.