A summary of my approach to competition (for now)

What next? I smashed my goals and did what I said I was going to do. Time to set a new goal, no fucking about this time though. My next goal is to win a BJJ competition. My suspicions going into this little experiment were that my head and my cardio would let me down. Only one of the two things partially let me down on the day and it wasn’t my cardio. There are definitely some new things I am going to introduce into my mental preparation over the next few months. For my sins, I have a small tear in my Meniscus so as much as I wanted to jump into the next competition on 1st May, I couldn’t for fear of fucking up the rest of my knee. I am still able to train but my physio says until my knee recovers hard sparring and by default, competition is a bad idea. Meh whatever. I am still maintaining my fasting habit, keeping my cardio up and there’s a lot of new stuff I want to play around with in my game. I thought it would be a useful conclusion to this series of articles if I set ou

Comp day

  The ref called my name.   The adrenalin pumping through my veins, that familiar feeling of floating into the situation with an outside perspective.   I step on the mat, we shake hands, times on, lock up, engage.   Whooomph, he pulls guard straight away.   “Fuck, id rather have had a good wrestle first but lets crack on” His closed guard is super tight, no real room to move.   The rubber guard position he’s working is keeping my posture low.   I carry on breathing through, no point rushing and getting tired, I maintain safety position, isolating his hips, feeling things out. The adrenalin still pumping, I breathe through, savoring the experience.   “What the fuck was I afraid of all this time?”   My mind returns to the task in hand, I become aware of the muscle memory piloting my defenses still mechanically controlling his hips.   Feeling the connection of the match, not an ordinary match, I need to insist and get my fucking posture back and open this closed guard… This article is t

The road to competition

  Going into this experiment I decided that I wanted to make preparation as easy as possible for myself.   Over the years I have observed teammates present and past put themselves under tremendous pressure on the run-up to competing.  I didn't want to do that, I wanted to go with the flow, be happy grinding out the rounds in the gym and live the experience.  I worked hard to tune out any negative thought patterns such as cutting weight, the bracket, being upset with myself about in gym performance or injuries, etc.   My goals reflected that vision, here’s a quick recap of them from my earlier article : Enter into and compete at a BJJ comp by April 2021 Get my weight to 92kg so I didn’t have to cut Develop a more competitive mindset Accept I would most likely have an injury going into the match Up my cardio levels Focus on recovery and don’t overtrain Have fun and enjoy the journey The first thing to do was sort out my weight, I was already down to 94kg so I needed to shed another

The other side of fear - competition

  Introduction I started writing this article in late October 2020.   The reason I have not posted it, or much else for that matter is because I didn’t want to be a charlatan, one of those writers who talks a good game but doesn’t follow it through.   I wanted to be definite, to be able to say that I have already achieved the goal this article talks about.   Covid lockdowns have cancelled and rescheduled the comp I entered three times since it was originally advertised.   As frustrating as this was for anyone involved, I looked at it as more of a blessing.   It allowed me to keep working on some of my peripheral goals and evolve my thinking and understanding of how I see competition. The first article in this series shows my approach and mindset going into this.   Over the next couple of articles I plan to write about how that approach changed over time and the last one I will write about the event itself.   Enjoy.   Deciding to compete Life changes quickly and mine certainly h

The skip breakfast experiment

 Before lockdown, I was working towards getting my weight down to ninety-two kilos.   Then lockdown hit and I put on six very unwelcome kilos, pushing my weight up to one hundred kegs.   This had to change, I knew what to tweak (stop eating cake, drinking alcohol and get back on the mats).   To turbocharge my weight loss I decided to start intermittent fasting. In this article, I am going to share what I know about IF, how I am doing it and my results so far.   As with anything health-related, please seek professional medical advice before trying it.   What is Intermittent Fasting? Intermittent Fasting (IF) or “skip breakfast” as I think of it, is the practice of not eating for a set period of time, then eating for a shorter period of time.   I think of these periods as my “fasting window” and my “eating window” There are quite a few different IF methods/ models/ plans out there.   I have listed the most popular methods below.   If you are looking for more details on the method

Taking the plunge

  Two weeks ago I resigned from my very safe and secure IT job.  I feel sure that a lot of people I work with and that know me think I am either mad or going through a midlife crisis.  My truth is that this event has been building for a while.   I have read and heard from a number of different sources (M.J.De Marco, Osho to name a few), that to succeed in life and truly be free you have to go all in.   I had been trying to prove them wrong by staying safe and building my dream then jumping – trying to guarantee certainty.   As Osho says somewhat dramatically in his book Courage: the joy of living dangerously “people who want to live comfortably – they are seeking death, they want a comfortable grave” he goes on to say the other type of person “they choose to live dangerously, because life thrives only when there is risk”.   Until last week I was living in a comfortable grave.   Not anymore. Why did I ignore this knowledge for so long?   Simply, I was not ready, I had a comfortable