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.
When I started training, I managed for quite some time (read months) to write down almost every technique we did during class. Although I felt that this helped me review and remember some techniques, it soon started to feel exhausting and almost mechanical. Some techniques that were written down did not even translate to my mind if I reviewed them later on, so I began doubting my way of keeping track of my training.
My idea of what a training diary can and should be has since then changed, and with this post I am planning to re-introducing this aspect of training once again to my regime. Here are some my thoughts about how you should go about when tracking your training through a personal log:
Do not write down everything
This was what I did which led me to feel like a typing robot. Try to be mindful and picky with what you are taking time to write down. You do not need to write down every step of a technique that you already have some grasp of. Focus on writing down key details instead.
It is easy to get lazy and rely on your future self to understand what “jump like a squirrel then turn 180 to pass the guard” means, but truth is he probably wont. Instead take your time and really try to formulate your sentences so that even an outside person would have a chance of understanding. Also, I find it much more pleasant to go back and review notes when they are neat and tidy written.
Your notebook should contain more than just description of techniques, it should also include reviews of your mental states during training sessions. In my opinion, this is the most important and beneficial aspect of tracking your training through notes, and really helps your mental discipline while training. Basic questions like “what did I do right and what did I do good?” prevent you from having an autopilot approach to your grappling.
Take some time once a week to quickly revisit the notes of the past week. Put some extra focus on the mental notes and extract of them things that you could improve upon. Write these things down on a separate note that you will keep close by before every upcoming training of the next week to give you a quick reminder of what you need to work on. Here you could also write down techniques that you want to develop, to remind yourself to actually go for them while sparring.