Jiu-jitsu is the hardest thing I've ever done. Not probably the hardest, not might be the hardest, for sure, the most difficult thing. It is in a whole category on its own of difficulty. The difficulty arises from the physical side of jiu-jitsu blending with the mental, having control over both of those simultaneously, and most of the time it's a complete mystery to me. When it works, it works great and I most likely couldn't tell you right away how I got from point A to point D. The flow state is usually what takes over for me when I have success in jiu-jitsu.
I feel the need to clarify that the practice of not thinking, or no mind, doesn't actually mean I don't know what I'm doing, more so that what I'm doing is so natural for my body that my brain doesn't need to think about step A, B, C, and D, it sees D as an option and runs A to C with precision and speed, and it's exactly the latter of that duo which I lose from direct thought. For many more times than I can count, when I'm in a roll, I'll stop and over think the situation and whatever opportunities I had in front of me to think about are long gone by the time I can actually work the technique necessary to accomplish the sweep or control or submission I was looking for.
Today in training Nathan was showing us a ten finger guillotine choke to butterfly sweep from mount, in order to samurai roll and take the back. There's tons going on here, and breaking it down is not easy at all. I was struggling to keep my posture during the sweep, going from mount, to butterfly guard, sweep back to mount. It was during the sweep back to mount where I was losing it. Nathan broke down for me that I need to actually apply the choke for the sweep to function correctly.
Cue light bulb going off.
In training it's easy to be lazy, yesterday I was lazy when training with Jon while taking his back during samurai rolls. Today I wasn't applying a ten finger choke on Tyler as I should have been. For technique to work correctly you need to train it correctly, something that I need a constant reminder of. After figuring out the correct pressure I needed to execute the sweep properly all the pieces fell into place, another good tool to add to the arsenal. I'm glad I have training partners as good as Tyler and Jon to help me see more areas of my game that have significant (all areas) opportunities to develop. This week has been a couple of steady reminders to remove laziness from the game.