Today was the first day back to training after a two week hiatus. The Thanksgiving holiday threw me off a bit, and in the middle of the week I ended up catching a cold that kept me away from the mat. Two weeks of eating like crap, no physical activity, and weakened stamina due to the illness. Should be interesting trying to train again, right?
Needless to say, today was exhausting. After class I felt like I was going to throw up. Coughing, dry heaving, light headedness, you name it. I drove home with the windows open to partially suppress the nausea (freezing air can't be good for the post-sickness), and then went upstairs and laid on the ground next to the bathroom in fetal position in case my stomach didn't obey me. I'm recovered now after some liquids and a long shower, though.
One thing that sort of annoys me is the tendency of some white belts to spaz out and get flaily every time we roll. As soon as the time starts, they freak out and start going full blast like we are in a duel to the death. An ego thing, perhaps? As if getting tapped would be the end of their life and put shame on their family. Damn, we're just white belts. Calm down, buddy.
My main issue is the higher rate of injury when rolling with people who are out of control. Last month I got armlocked by someone (same person headbutted me today and cut my lip) who decided to arch back and extend fully with all of his might. Would have ripped my arm off if I didn't tap. Had to wear a brace for a week and go really light with the training.
Once a submission is locked in, apply pressure slowly while anticipating the tap, but never spaz out and try and kill someone with it. This isn't kumite.
I've been going in cycles lately with the style and pace of my game. A few months back, I accidentally choked someone out and realized that I was being too aggressive (partially his fault, though- he thought that flexing his neck was a good defensive strategy for defending a fully locked in rear naked choke). Nevertheless, I took the experience as a sign that I needed to slow down and concentrate more on the technical side of the game rather than relying on athleticism and speed.
Lately I've tried to work the defensive game moreso, and when going offensively I try and work a slow pressure game over the speed game that probably suits my body type better. The plan is go slowly and leave no holes or openings while maintaining technical dominance and turning the tempo up when I see an opening. Two different styles, but I feel like working on both will make my game more well rounded overall.
I have to get my body used to rolling every day again. After maybe two weeks of that I'm going to add in outside conditioning three times a week, eventually ramping up to point where my body was a few months ago.