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Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by jasonbass, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. jasonbass

    jasonbass Green Belt

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    i have been training for about 4 years without any break besides injuries (ive trained longer then 4 years, it just the last time i took any serious time off) so i feel like its time to rest the bones and mind, i feel worn thin. i recently recieved my purple belt, so its not like i am rounding out anything, i will be here for a long long time, so even though it is killing me inside, i think im gonna take this little vacation to to do some traveling. have any of you hit this wall or feel like its time for a difinitve break?
     
  2. Knock Out Ned

    Knock Out Ned el mero mero

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    I had a competition two weeks ago. I trained really hard, and didn't do so hot. I took a week off last week to clear my mind and spend time with my wife. It's the first week I've ever taken off specifically for BJJ (besides the times I have went on vacation). I'm getting frustrated, because I feel like I'm hitting a wall, but I just have to keep walking through that door. Have fun traveling.
     
  3. HomerPlata

    HomerPlata Purple Belt

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    Sometimes a change is as good as a rest. Any time I hit a wall with grappling, I switch training to a bit more striking, or maybe just running. At least then after a month I've still been physically active in some respect and I can still come back refreshed.
     
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    ijustwannasurf Brown Belt

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    I think traveling is a great idea.
    New experiences always help you see things from a different perspective.
     
  5. Respeezy

    Respeezy Purple Belt

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    I think its good to step out of a flow every now and than , it could give you different insights on your game , your life etc.
    Perhaps when you re-initiate training you'll come across or notice things like weaknesses, which you can work on .
    I believe constant training works like a tunnel vision and if youre in it its harder to be objective about your (self)( training).
    When i pause my martial arts i always get that feeling like im becoming unhealthy or something anyway it doesnt feel good, so i usually do some stretching or yoga exercises, work on cardio or pick up some weight training.
    That stuff can also make you feel different when you re-initiate your usual training schedule ... maybe you like it.
    Just sharing thoughts.

    Osu.
     
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    curb1850 Green Belt

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    If you feel you need a break, then a little traveling might be just what the doctor ordered.
     
  7. jasonbass

    jasonbass Green Belt

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    thanks for the input... i cant wait to travel, and the good news is i can visit other affiliate schools were associated with and maybe pick up some tricks here or there, but i am mainly taking some time to visit national parks and such and do some camping, just let the mind and body rest
     
  8. Nogi bear

    Nogi bear White Belt

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    I think if you stay active e.g. going gym or doing another sport it should be fine. Saying that, a month is a long time off though. Maybe it is different when you get to purple but I find if I take 2 weeks off I lose my timing and cordination for a while when I get back to the gym.
     
  9. IxiaN

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    Yeah, I've been on hiatus for about 6 months to heal up some injuries and for financial reasons. I've taken shorter breaks before and I was amazed how much sharper my mind was when I returned. Sure you'll need a refresher on some of the techniques and regain your cardio but your mind will be fresh as well as your work ethic.
     
  10. wiseguy$$

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    I just came off a 30 day break , rolled once in that time.
    Did some stand up a little running .For the most part let my body rest!
    I went on a vacation hung out eated a lot had good time seeing family .

    That being sed, a knee injury got much beter my first week back I feel much refreshed mentaly and physcaly! Hungry to get mat time in , and with a sense of value to the art.
    Did get to visit some realy great gyms "Renzo,the Watt ,Ricardo Alamedia" and some good places inMD" watched video clips, DVD and read about Grappling.

    All the time in moderation .
     

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