The blog of a writer who happens to be a BJJ addict.
I'm writing this post to inform everyone that I will not be attending the GrapplersHeart tournament next week. Anyone who'd like to train with me can do so anytime, just drop by Maguilla's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
What you see above is my medal wall. Looking at it reminds me of questions I was asked when I helped to plan the first GrapplersHeart tournament. The question was "Should we give out participation medals? The obvious answer to that is no and I've went into detail on that in other posts, so I won't do that here. However, that does bring me to the subject of this post and that is, "What do medals really mean?"
Well, that depends heavily on who you talk to. Keenan Corneilus says he just tossed them all under his bed after a while. I agree wholeheartedly with that sentiment as medals medals only represent how good you were on that day. I firmly believe as a competitor you're only as good as your last fight. The only thing on that wall that will forever hold meaning is the certificate itself. Why? Because that doesn't represent just one day or one weekend, over a decade of work went into that. Switching schools, injuries, helping keep a school afloat, being…
Lots of us couldn't imagine life without training and would train every day if we could. We'd compete every weekend there was a tournament and travel to all IBJJF regional opens, so we could be ready to compete in the Big 4 when they arrive. Are there guys that do that? Yes. However, most of us can't. And even those that do that, go about the process in a very calculated manner. This to make sure they reach their optimum performance level also known as peak at the perfect time for the event with as minimal burnout as possible, of course no burnout is the preferred result. This involves the athlete doing nothing related to their sport 24 hours prior. This is because we don't actually get stronger while training we get stronger by resting after an intense workout, muscle fibers thicken as they repair themselves. Therefore, they get bigger and us by default stronger. It is rest and recovery that makes us stronger not the act exercise itself. This is also true for the lear…
Let's talk about loyalty. Switching teams... To clarify I'm speaking of moving to a different lineage not just changing schools. It happens in every other sport. Is it bad to do it in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; if so why? Who's done it? What does it mean? Why did they do it? Does it make you question their loyalty if they come from somewhere else? I've done it and have my own opinions on the subject. I did it because of location among other things, but how do you guys feel about it?