Weekly Summary 16/10

The week went on quite good without the exception of me catching a cold. I still do not feel totally accustomed to the heat yet, but I think I am starting to get a hang of it. I am drinking good amounts of water everyday at least.

Training has been tough, both because of the heat I mentioned but also because of the high level (and fitness) of guys here. Some guys go roll really hard here, and that is totally okay, I feel I can do both, but it is not optimal for me when I am simultaneously dying of the heat. Think this week is going to feel a little bit better in that regard, even though I have been sick now for 4 days.

Sparring hours have felt confused and disoriented, so I feel I really got to get a gameplan together, watch some tape and really map out what kind of game I want to play.

I have not taken the time to put some work into my match studies, partly cause I am divided on which athlete I want to focus on. I was going into this thinking I was going to study Leandro Lo, but since he focus mainly on the gi and there is a lot of no-gi training here I am thinking maybe i should watch someone who is prominent in both? I am thinking someone like Ryan Hall, mainly because he has so many good instructionals to accompany my studies.

Yup, it is decided, Ryan Hall it is! Think I am gonna start by studying his famous triangle game and try to apply that to my game. Going to try to get some extra drill hours in this week to start building.


Reflection of my arrival at Phuket

This is going to be a collection of random thoughts from my first time here in Phuket.

It has been a little more than one week since i arrived at Phuket Top Team, here in Phuket of course. There has been many good and positive experiences and impressions, though I have been feeling really lost, confused and even miserable from time to time. I know that I am a very impulsive person, and now when I am finally here in Phuket, a trip which I saved tons of money for and worked my ass of, I am starting to ask myself why? I have not figured out the answer yet.

When I arrived here my budget onsite room was not available so they put me in an onsite deluxe room. The room was really nice, had great AC and a private toilet. Though the bed was too soft (for my taste at least), I really enjoyed it, and it was a nice escape from the heat outside when you entered your room.

Yesterday though, my “real” room got available and I hade to move there. Even though I knew what the room would look like through pictures from the web, I think I did not properly realise just how bad it would be to live in a room with no AC and only fans (which barely helps at all). I am thinking about asking if there is possible to upgrade your room and pay the difference, but I do not know if that is a cop out, maybe I will get used to this environment and adapt?

My sleep has not been that great since I got here, maybe because of the jetlag, but probably also (and mainly) due to my hyperactive brain activity of all the new impressions and thoughts. This feels like a quite big setback for me, because back home in Sweden I had just gotten my sleep habits to work out, which I have not been able to do for as far as I can remember. This room I am staying in is surely not helping also.

Today I am having a rest day, even though it is the middle of the week. My throat is feeling sore, and even though this may be because of having a fan blasting at my face the whole night, I had some green snot this morning which usually is an indicator of illness for my body. I do not feel bad about this, and I also guess there is nothing strange with your body being inclined to pick up som infection the first weeks when training this hard in a new environment.