Starting Jiu Jitsu; an introduction
Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:16 pm
Ever since year 10 I've had a feeling that i needed to learn how to fight in some shape or form. I first considered boxing and would imagine myself beating up this dude at school i loathed. I never did beat him up, i never had the courage to take a class and become "the learner".
I was already immersed in the world of dance (bboying) and trained 7 days a week. I was good! I could do all these impressive athletic movements and the notion of starting at level 1 in a new artform was uncomfortable to say the least.
In any case, the years went by. I cut down on physical activity and lost passion for life. Everything seemed so difficult,nothing gave me the sense of contentment i had once felt when i was deeply engaged in the world of dance. Interestingly enough i couldn't tie my lassitude to my state of homeostasis and lethargy. I needed to do something, quick!
Early in 2010 i looked at myself in the mirror and saw a relatively skinny but flabby appearence. Nothing like the lean and mean days when i was training hard. I lost that gleam in my eye. Where did that hunger go? I was trapped in my own cognitive dissonance. A cycle, a negative though loop that takes that vibrant essense out of life.
Man, i needed to work out or do something!
I went travelling - a truly magnificent, eye opening experience. It was the best thing i have ever done in my life, by far. Before commencing my travels i had decided to lose weight and pack on a bit of muscle. My awful eating regimen and lacking training routine didn't do much for me but give me chronic DOMS and any gains i had made were lost during the trip.
Upon returning from my travels i decided to take fitness a bit more seriously. My main concern was brute strength. I was a weakling by anyone's standards. I remember my first gym session after my long 6 month travel - my entire body was shaking when i picked up a 20kg weight. Damn son, you were weak!!
A few months later of non strict dieting and training, i had put on 10kgs, half of that being fat. I went from squatting 60kgs to 150kgs and benching a miserable 55kg to 85 kg.
In any case, i no longer cared for being super skinny as i just wanted them gains! i'd eventually lose the weight.
After eating this delicious vietnamese soup at a restaurant with one of my friends one day I came home and looked in the mirror. Then it hit me -
You are officially fat. What the fuck happened?
Around this time i was feeling extremely hurt which manifested itself in indulgent indignance. One of my closest friends who i thought would be someone i'd be in contact with for life, completely rejected and disrespected me. It came from left of centre and was probably why it effected me so much. I was so fucking angry, fuck him, fuck this! I wanted to make someone know and feel my anger.
They were childish thoughts but i can't deny their existence. I couldn't run from the fact that people were going to trod over you if you let them. It was at this point i started watching the UFC.
I came home one night drunk and flipped on the TV. The UFC was on, Anderson Silva vs Chael sonnen was being shown (a repeat) and I was immediately interested. Fuck yeah, I'm angry, I wanna watch angry people beat themselves silly!
I loved the fight. Looking back, it was boring for the better part of 5 rounds. It was Anderson's arm triangle in the dying moments that made it SPECTACULAR. I was enthralled by this magical artform. How could someone who was getting wailed on for 25 minutes come back as he did?
Well, i saw it, something that i could sink my teeth into as i had for bboying years earlier. Jiu Jitsu was going to be one of my passions.
Fastforward to the present - I have attended 3 classes now spread out over a few weeks. When i get adequate cash flow i'll buy a 6 month membership and train 3 days a week along with 2 days of weight training. 3 days isn't nearly as intense as back in my bboying haydays (7 days a week, 2-3 hour training session. Sometimes i'd leave to train at 9pm at night and return at 1am). It is adequate. Back then i had very little responsibility and other commitments.
Yeah, 3 days is about right.
My main concern with Jiu Jitsu is effective training. I want to learn in the best possible manner and here are my thoughts:
1) train 3x weekly
2) 10m pre-training preview. What i want to practice during sparring
3) At class:
-get rid of the ego
-take advice. Listen and learn. Don't think you know a better way of doing it, don't question advice given
-try new things
-avoid homeostasis. <-- beware of it, know when it is approaching, know when you get that comfortable feeling of practising the same old stuff over and over. Avoid "comfortable training" like the plague.
-record footage of yourself every once in a while and review it yourself + post it on the forums for extra scrutiny.
4) Post training review. Write down everything learned in class and general thoughts. Consider what you would like to focus on and go back to those thoughts at the next pre-training preview. (This should take no longer than 15m)
5) Diet - eat enough, drink enough but not too much.
6) Gym. Strength and size don't hurt. I'll be doing a strength program twice or 3x weekly
Everything i know regarding BJJ should be recorded. I want all the basics covered completely and i'll document my journey through beginner phase via this blog and my diary.
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Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Location: Navasota, Texas
Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:57 am Post subject:
I didn't know what bboying was until I watched your video. Spinning on your head like that may have been good preparation for your inverted guard game!
Welcome to jiu-jitsu! Enjoy your journey.
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