A post on SteveBJJ.com entitled Rough Wednesday Class really made me feel better today. I had the same thing happen to me a few months ago. Things were going great I had recently been awarded my blue belt and I was making leaps and bound in growth in my BJJ classes. Then one day I came to class and I couldn’t do anything but hold guard for dear life. I blogged my experience in these two posts, Jiu Jitsu Mind Block – In The Slump and Jiu Jitsu Learning Curve – What To Expect. I over came the plateau I was stick on with some good advice and friends. It was still nice to hear Steve saying the same things I had felt at that time. It validated my feelings and gave me a chance to share with him the fact I found the light at the end of the tunnel and so would he. My love for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu goes on and I can tell Steve’s will too. So for all of you out there who are on a plateau or feel the BJJ blues, keep trying and going to class. Jiu Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu Jitsu.
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.
Have you had a training session where you got the equivalent of writers block? For a period of time you are doing so well. While rolling you have a easy time envisioning what move you should do next, how to stay ahead of your opponent, or what to do in a tight spot. You function smoothly. Then one day you come to train and you are like a blank sheet of paper. You just can’t think of what to do. You end up holding closed guard for dear life. Its as if everything has slipped away from you. Even your favorite moves you screw up. Its very frustrating. Its kind of like a slump. I had one of those last night. It really upset me. I got a more aggressive guy to roll with and I just couldn’t formulate what to do. The only think I can think to do is study hard this week and hope it breaks me out of it.
What do you do to break out of a slump or block? I need a escape to break this choke on my mind, to put it into Jiu-Jitsu terms.