Set Goals for your Training Each Week:
If you set specific goals each week it gives focus to your training so that you can maximize each session. It will also give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the week which can be very encouraging. Setting goals each week also includes more specific goals for each individual class period. For example, if you are working on a specific guard and sweep from that guard maybe your weekly goal would be to just work on that guard during training, and a more specific goal would be trying to successfully hit that sweep at least 15 times during class sparring. Obviously this can be applied to any technique you may be working on, and if you are a beginner it could be as simple as just working on guard control and retention.
Ask Questions and Constantly Problem Solve:
If you are having trouble with certain positions in training or someone is passing you the same way every roll, you need to start asking questions so you can fix this problem area in your game. The faster you can find these weak areas and fix them, the faster you will progress. It is important to stay present during every roll so that you can see what is working, what is not working, and where you need to improve. If you don’t have an answer for something, get one as soon as you can, so you can fill that hole in your game.
Use the Buddy System to Keep You Accountable and Consistent:
Some days you may not be as motivated to train. This is where the buddy system comes into play. If you have someone there to encourage you, and keep you accountable it can make all the difference with your consistency. Most of the time once you get to training you’re glad you did, but sometimes you need a little extra push of encouragement to get there. In order for everyone to improve and get good training they need training partners, so for your sake and your teammates, keep coming to class.
Stay Focused and Present During Class:
There’s a difference between just showing up to class, and being mentally present during class. Life can get busy and sometimes you won’t be able to train, so when you can you need to really take advantage of it. When you are drilling the technique covered in class really try to get repetitions on it instead of just socializing with your training partner. Know what you want to work on during rolling before you get to class so that you can be focused in every round. Try not to sit out any rounds, if you can, so that you can get as much live practice as possible. If you have a little time after class, even if it’s just 30 minutes, get some drilling in before you head home. Those 30 minute drilling sessions will add up quick if you stay consistent with them.
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