Some things to consider for competition season
Competition season is an exciting time to turn our energies to new goals. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your next competition.
1) Training intensity -- While it's important to spend enough time on the mat, it's equally as important to make sure that time includes the intensity levels you need to prepare you for competition. This includes longer than normal time limits on your 'Randori' matches as well as considering 'King of the Hill' scenarios that will, not only, push you further and stress your body the same way you'll be stressed in competition, but also to strengthen certain positional situations.
2) Rest & Recovery -- This concept is complimentary to the first one and not mutually exclusive. While it's critical to spend enough time training, if you don't spend enough time resting and recovering you will slowly wear your body down. This not only includes your muscles, joints and level of cardiovascular stamina, but eventually your immune system. A compromised immune system means your more likely to be susceptible to sickness. So I implore you ALL to be mindful of your rest and recovery. It is an important component that is often overlooked in the BJJ and Martial Arts community.
3) While it might be obvious, it's important to remember that we're still in the midst of a global pandemic. Our training naturally puts us in close proximity to others. Continue to follow best practices by taking your temperature, getting COVID tests when and where appropriate, and staying home when you don't feel well. It's not only going to safeguard your health, but also that of your training partners.
If you have any questions about other ways you can prepare for competition, don't hesitate to ask one of our black belts or coaches. We are all eager to assist!
See you on the mats!
Professor George Sernack