I blogged about the slump I was in the other day (Jiu-Jitsu Mind Block – In the Slump). In it I noted how I was doing so well and then all of the sudden I got the equivalent of writer’s block. I just found myself hanging on in closed guard with no game plan and unable to formulate one. I talked to my instructor or sensei at last nights class. He explained that what I was feeling was the natural progression of learning. We take two steps forward and one back kind of thing. It can also be summarized as graph. You hit a high then fall back below that high as you learn more. In time you exceed or surpass the previous high. He helped me to understand that what I was experiencing was proof that I was continuing to progress and grow. I didn’t need to worry. I just need to keep working at it. He suggested that when I go blank I should just move. If I just freeze nothing will happen of course. I need to just go for it. I feel I worry to much about losing. I need to remember I am there to learn. With all learning failure comes with success.