No matter how much we live and breathe Jiu-Jitsu, we are sometimes forced to take a break. Sometimes life throws curveballs at us. We might be in a great routine with training, working hard every day, and suddenly have to stop. Maybe we sustain an injury. Maybe we get sick. Maybe a crazy virus throws our whole country into lockdown. Regardless of the reason, time off can be tough. Where we would normally be spending hours of the day at the gym, we now have large gaps of time, not to mention pent up energy. It can feel frustrating, like we are not progressing, or even losing skill. Whatever the circumstances, there are many ways to stay busy and capitalize on the time when you can’t train. Here are a few ideas of ways to make the most of your time away from the mats.
“There’s no risk when you go after a dream. There’s a tremendous amount of risk to playing it safe.”
Are you feeling unmotivated to train? Maybe the excitement for training is gone and you don’t know if it will come back. Maybe you feel stagnant, or that you haven’t improved in a while. You might even feel that you are regressing in skill. Jiu-Jitsu slumps are a normal part of the journey and, if you haven’t hit one yet, you’re sure to at some point. The good news is, for every valley, there is a peak up ahead. If you stick with it, you will rediscover your love for training, and may even have a breakthrough waiting for you. In the meantime, there are a few ways you can get through the dreaded Jiu-Jitsu slump.
It’s hard not to compare ourselves to our training partners. After all, we spend time competing and training with them every day. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a competitive sport, and both partners are trying their best to win. In this way Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be both a team sport and an individual sport. We need our training partners to improve but we compete against them everyday in training. Perhaps, we may even go toe to toe at the tournament ( what are your thoughts on closeouts?) Sometimes we look at someone else’s performance and let it make us feel bad about ours. Maybe we feel that they are progressing faster than us or that we should be more like them. Comparisons are dangerous. Sometimes they may push us to work harder and be better, but they can also add pressure and make us feel needlessly frustrated.