September 30, 2011

You Have Already Won... Be the Best!

I wanted to take a moment and send out a shout to two of my friends, and two of the best training partners, Brett "Dutchess" Smith and Scott Stillwell (and any other NWJJA members) who are fighting this weekend in the Oregon Open.  I have been watching your training and you guys are more then ready.  You have already won the fight via your training... go on the mat have fun and be the best you can!  Kick ass guys!

I hope next year to be in a bit better of a financial situation to join you.  Sorry I could not do it this year.  I am there in spirit.

To inspire I wanted to post this clip and short excerpt from Daniel Faggella at his excellent blog The Science of Skill.  His teacher is the famous Alexandre "Soca" Freitas who know lives in New York I believe.  Recently Dan sat down with his teacher and asked him about his preparation for competition.  Interesting stuff in my humble opinion.   To read the entire article click here! 





The Tournament Preparation of a BJJ Champion

Alexandre also shared with me some of his general strategies for preparing himself for higher level competitions. Here are some of his general guidelines that he recommends anyone use for the tournaments that matter most to them.
• Around 3 months out, its best to be pushing yourself thoroughly in terms of your physical limits on the mat.
• Around 2 months out Soca likes to also add a lot of sparring with the exact same rules and time limits as the big tournament he is preparing for.
• 2 to 3 weeks out, its important to tone things down enough to preserve one’s energy, but importantly to also shield oneself from injury.
• 1 week out it makes sense to make rolling much lighter, and to drill and use the exact moves you will be doing in that upcoming tournament. (This is definitely something we implement with our competitors at our BJJ gym in Rhode Island)
 Before competing, Soca likes to keep two simple ideas in mind:
     1) Never give up
     2) To try his absolute best
Master Soca also mentions that nervousness is never unusual, not even at the elite level.“I still get nervous when I compete, but I like to use the challenge of the tournament to make me excited to go do my best jiu jitsu.”

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