Sangoma wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:24 pm
The book was dedicated to improving oneâ€™s performance by reducing the effort to 50%, enjoying the process, and not focusing on the result. The author cited a University of Texas in Austin study of goal-oriented and process-oriented people in the workplace. Unexpectedly, it was not the hypercompetitive Types â€œAâ€ who were doing more for the company, making more money, getting more raises and promotions. It was the folks who were enjoying their job. Ironically, not getting wrapped up in the result may deliver higher gains.
I am not an authority in BJJ in any sense, but my observations confirm, at least in part, the stuff in bold. There are quite a few guys at my BJJ School who are physically strong and use their strength to get a submission. So they win every time. After a while they start lagging behind weaker guys - first not being able to submit weaker guys and then being submitted by them. The reason is, they want to win every bout and use the strength to compensate for lack of technique. When you stop caring about being submitted and focus on good posture and position you start progressing. The point of this diatribe is - when you stop caring too much about the end result and focus on the process you progress.
What's the quote from? Well BJJ is the one sport I can speak to as an authority and there's a real element of truth to it but it's frequently misunderstood.
Training is training, it's not sparring, and it's not competition.
In training you should go at about 50 percent and work on technical development of specific passes, sweeps, submissions, etc.
In sparring you should go at about 75-90 percent, combining the technical development with training with the addition of physical attributes, which also need to be developed to succeed at higher levels. You won't develop the proper timing, endurance, strength, etc. if you only ever spar at 50 percent.
Competition should be at near theoretical 100 percent for obvious reasons.
In the early phases of development, perhaps 70 percent of total training time should be "training", 25 percent or so sparring, and 0-5 percent of the time competing.
Later on, you gotta take off the training wheels, focus on your personal arsenal of tokui-waza/go-to techniques, and spend more time sparring. None of the best guys in the world spend much of their time flow rolling at 50 percent when they are preparing for high level competition. You don't need 100 techniques to be a world champion, you need 10 you can impose on anyone. Roger Gracie won a world championship in 2009 submitting the nine best guys all with one technique, lapel choke from mount: Paulo Streckert, Fernando Di Pierro, Rafael Lovato Jr., Claudio Calasans Jr. and Romulo Barral (open class) and Adrien Domingues, Bruno Bastos, Bernardo Faria and Ricardo Abreu (super heavy). He didn't get there by flow rolling at 50 percent, and in a partnered training environment, you don't get to choose the intensity arbitrarily.