The excerpt mentions that the goal should be not to “waste any precious training time while on the mat”. This is a good goal for coaches and athletes to live by. I feel like I fail in this often during classes or open mats where the pace is at times not even 1/10th of what it was when I wrestled. I should be able to work up a sweat even when I “go slow” during the technique instruction part of the class if I don’t pause at all and return to the starting position as fast as possible during reps. Drilling a sweep, a guard pass, or a submission for 10-20 reps in a half hour is not enough. I should be able to get in 50-100 reps. There’s 1800 seconds in a half hour, so for 10 seconds per rep that’s 180 reps between my partner and I.
Lately, given how much I train, and how much work I have off the mat, I have been questioning the value of practices that don’t beat the crap out of me in a short amount of time. Different goals require different levels of training, and if I want to beat some of the tougher blue belts out there, while still achieving what I want in my non-training endeavors, I have to constantly search for ways to remove the minutes and hours of training that don’t make me better, faster, stronger, smarter.
I will do judo and bjj my whole life, because I love it. And my goals will certainly evolve with time. But right now I am a competitor, and that means that I don’t want to enjoy practice, I want to “suffer” during practice, and instead enjoy the results of that “suffering”. I remember wrestling practices that made me want to quit wrestling. That’s the goal. To get to that level, and not quit, keep going, for months.