It’s All Working Fine
Oh Hang On, Its Not Working Against Beginners
So depending where you are on your journey that headline will or might not make sense.
I’m going to talk to you as if you have experienced this feeling and if you haven’t then keep reading it will help when the moment arrives, and it will.
It goes like this, training is going well, you feel like your getting to grips with it and like you can get some of it to work with your training partners. In sparring/grappling your finding your thing and you keep getting a few of your mates with it, happy days.
Then one day a complete newbie comes in, can’t tie his/her laces, got the Gi on back to front and put the focus pads on their feet, ok you get my point. So you partner up with them and the usual timings and energy your used too all of a sudden feel awful, you cant seem to hit the pads well and even worse in sparring you can’t do your thing. To add insult to injury the new dude has caught you twice or pinned you and you cant escape and now your ego hurts.
Then you start to question.
- Can i really make this work?
- Maybe it only works because my partners train like me
- If it doesn’t work on a beginner how can it work on someone in the street in self defence?
- If it only works on people who train then what?
- He doesn’t do what he should do , oh dear.
We all feel this at some point in our journey, it’s normal.
Think of it like this.
If you were in a car race and the guy in the car next to you is a newbie, he’s had 2 classes, he can’t take corners well, didn’t know how to control the clutch for an optimum start, was cluncking through the gears (yep this is a retro VW Golf MK 1 race day) he even turns around and goes round the track the wrong way thinking he’s winning or out smarting you and so on, you get the idea yes?
So the race begins and you have been training for a year or more, how do you think you’ll do in reality against this zebra (got bored of guy, dude, man)
Well hopefully you’ll kick his arse, i mean be careful, not cocky and never under estimate your opponent and all that jazz but you should really have the advantage.
The Reality of the fight is not training
Now in the training arena all these things are hugely important, your partner needs good timing on the pads or in sparring. This helps you develop your skills to a higher level, i mean you get good by training with people better than you. Not training with people with no timing or co ordination and so on. Its sort of obvious but this point still eludes us when our ego takes a bashing.
The car racer that goes round the track the wrong way is the antelope your trying to do a technique to, who goes all limp and just lies flat and rolls onto his back.
They don’t quite get the game yet.
The energy, movement and game plan of a higher level monkey isn’t there yet so it all feels weird and awkward and your cool stuff isn’t working. He’s missing his gears and taking the corners wide, brake’s coming on hard on the bends and so on.
On the mats your sort of co-piloting, you need to make adjustments for them to help them grow.
But don’t get depressed or upset, it’s all part of the journey.
Train thousands of reps and train with people who have better timing, people who give you great energy and move to the next logical position/s, and ok maybe some weird whacky unorthodox stuff from time to time. But that only really comes with the basics learnt well while keeping good posture and base all the time, they will help sharpen up your game no end.
But it’s important to train with the newbies, were all newbies to someone, i need someone to come down to my level to help me grow and the beat goes on.
Peace and training folks