I’ve been blogging a lot about throws and takedowns for use in BJJ. I’ve ordered a few books and done some training in class. But I don’t get enough physical practice. I just don’t have the time or partner to do it as often as I would like. In fact I’m still sore from the last class. I was thinking about one of the winter Olympics where I saw a downhill skier practicing for the race with his eyes closed standing in place. He was mentally going down the slope in his mind. He would weave and bob as if going around turns. I begin to wonder if I could do the same with techniques in BJJ. I Googled to find out if there was a technique to it. I found Improve Your Sport Performance with Visualization Techniques. It was a quick read and reinforced what I was already thinking. In fact I realized that each night after class when I am having trouble falling to sleeps its because I am doing just that, visualizing what I did in class, both the good and bad. I find myself tense and twitching as I go over it. With that in mind I have begun to consciously think through the throws I want to master. I try to see it in my minds eye and feel it in my body as I go through the technique. Will it improve my BJJ? I think it already has. Yes, its lead to some insomnia and hasn’t been well ordered but now that I recognize what I’m doing subconsciously I’ll stream line it. If it works for Olympic champions it can work for me.