As the end of the year comes around I find myself getting busy.
I work a full time job. Leave for work at 7:20. Get home at 5:30
I have a wife and 2 children. My wife is Naomi. My oldest boy is Josiah. He’s 2 1/2. My youngest is Noah, who is 6 months.
I travel most weekends teaching, preaching, playing music, or just hanging out at some conference or church or something like that.
All that has finally caught up with me. Last weekend did me in. I came down sick on Sunday morning and have just recovered on Wednesday. I decided (well, my body decided) that it was a good week to take evenings off.
So, I’ve missed three training sessions in a row, and haven’t worked out once this week.
That’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s probably the best decision I’ve made in a while. I missed getting on the mats. I missed learning some new techniques, or tricks to apply to old techinques. I missed chats with my instructor about the things that happened at class the night before. But, I know I am going to be better off for it. I’ll come back to the mats fresh.
I’ve realised that my body needs rest. Go figure.
I’ve also realised that my mind needs rest. Double, go figure.
After a week off I feel ready to take in some new stuff. That brings me to my newest revelation.
There’s such a thing as too much information.
In my week off I got a BJJ newsletter that highlighted the fact that for the first couple years of BJJ you should only concentrate on the basics. I also re-read an article from JB Will saying the same thing. I also ran over a note in my journal in big, bold letter saying, “DO THE SIMPLE THINGS WELL”.
It’s been a very timely reminder for me in my week off. I am now simplifying my training, simplifying my thinking, and simplifying my gameplan. I’m not starting over, I’m simply getting back to some things that I know work.
What I expect will happen is that I will see them from an angle I’ve never seen them from before. I will gain new insight into some old stuff. It’s already happened through some visualisation that happened on the train home from work. A new path to a sweep combo.
Oh the glory that is A Breather…