“I Knew You Had to Slow Down”

Watched the Andre Galvao episode of Rolled Up where he mentions that strength training and conditioning is important to prepare for the difference in intensity between hard training and competition. I think no matter how hard you train, competition is another level.

I’ve been thinking about that, considering that I rarely run up against the cardio wall in training, and if I do it’s because I’ve had 2-3 hard matches in a row. I very rarely go so hard that a single 6 minute match in training pushes me to the edge where that quit voice comes out and needs to be silenced. And yet in competition that happens quite often.

That brings me to something I heard Alec Baulding say in an interview about his 2010 Worlds purple belt open finals loss (shown below) that it was the toughest match yet. The quote that caught me was that he was surprised that the guy “didn’t get tired or give up” given his high-paced aggressive passing game.

I heard that and thought that I want to be the guy (in this case, Sebastian Brosche) who pushes the pace. The title of this post is something a great blue belt (Andrew) told me a while back after a good roll. I mentioned how impressed I was at his aggressive guard recovery. I kept almost passing, and he kept re-guarding with a lot of energy every time. He said that he was able to do that because he knew I would have to slow down and get tired eventually (which I did). That’s just it, beyond all the technique, drilling, intelligent jiu jitsu / judo, I have to start getting hard interval training sessions in so that with my aggression (in competition) I can convince the other person that I will never slow down, and they might as well quit.

This is a great match to watch. I first saw Alec Baulding compete at Abu Dhabi Pro Trials (on the same mat as me) against Abmar Barbosa:

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