Musings, ponderings and various observations on the intersection of BJJ/Martial arts training and the living of life. I have no inclination toward either political correctness or correct spelling. This blog, such as it is, remains fundamentally an unfiltered gush of thought ... both raw and unpolished.
As we live in a world that is so very full of distractions and shiny objects, pulling our attention here, there and everywhere - it is sometimes good to be reminded of the benefits of ‘staying focussed’ on one particular thing at a time.
This is how results are gleaned on the mat (and in life actually) - we choose a theme and we work on it for a bit until we make progress. Keeping our mental spotlight firmly focussed on a topic allows us to ‘delve deep’ - identify the challenges, and perhaps begin the task of overcoming those challenges, one at a time. This is how development is done.
The obvious question is this: how long duo we stay focussed on a particular theme? I think the answer to that question will vary greatly, depending on who you are, what level you are at and how much time you can spend on training each week. A professional athlete who spends his 20-30 hours on the mat each week, can definitely delve a lot deeper in a given topic on a given month , than can an office-worker who trains twice a week. But regardless of who you are - this might be a good way to approach it … if you are experiencing consistent gains on any topic, don’t stop whatever you are doing … as soon as you begin to experience diminishing returns … find yourself a new topic. This has long been my approach and has served me well enough.
So … try keeping your mental spotlight focussed on a given topic for a couple of weeks; make notes, pay attention to detail and reap the benefits. Best wishes: JBW