Observation

“Focus less on what’s going on in your mind and more on what’s going on in the room, less on your mental chatter”

Evening all. Ok so this week’s blog has arrived a little later than planned but this weekend I  decided to let what little hair I have down and hit the tiles. So I guess my 2 months of sensibleness has had a brief moment of debauchery but hey, sometimes that’s ok and I’m back on track tomorrow onwards. Besides, I may not be fighting until the end of March and I’m already feeling guilty.

On the more positive side of things, I’ve managed to pick things up a little with running this week and intend to keep things moving in the right direction next week onwards. I guess it’s the same as with anything I want to do. When I cut out the chatter and the excuses and the fears and self-doubts fall away good things start to happen.

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“To improve your performance stop thinking about it.” 

Just recently in training, I was stewing over my left body kick. I was actually stewing over the kick at the same time I was kicking and it really didn’t help at all. The fact that I’ve been working on improving this kick now for a while and it is getting better seem to yell “goodbye cruel world!” and leap out the window as self-doubt set in and a nagging voice began to point out everything I was doing wrong.

In fact, it wasn’t until my training partner (thanks by the way) said “don’t think too much” that I started to relax and little by little my kick started to improve! Also recently I watched Sylvie Von Duuglas-Ittu technique vlog “the golden kick”

I like this kick so much I’ve decided to start practicing it on my clothes horse in the living room. Like everything else I encounter in life, it’s taller than me  (well almost) so seemed like a worthy opponent. It’s worth noting at this point that my trainers have been telling me to maybe start kicking like this forever and a day, but as I’m a creature of habit and as Sylvie says there isn’t really a right or wrong just different applications of a technique it’s taken a little longer than anticipated for the penny to drop.

Earlier on in the week, I decided to try this kick a couple of times on the pads with a partner. Almost straight away I started to remind myself that I needed to turn into the kick at the top of the arc, that the way I throw my left arm to help me pivot needed to change, that.. well, you get the idea. It’s also important to note at this point that I am not my thoughts.

In fact, more often than not thinking gets in the way of doing. As soon as I switched off a little and just kicked the technique found it’s home my training partner smiled as he felt the connection and I felt and heard myself kick through the pads. It felt good. Of course, when it comes to all things martial making changes are never an easy thing to do but like with all change it’s always positive and worth my time.

So, I’ve decided to start thinking less and focusing more. Other than getting better at fighting (experience is the best teacher) I want to get better technically too, but as one of my trainers says it’s “no drama”. It’s something like with everything else on this journey of mine comes with time, patience and persistence.

Next week onwards, I’m back on the horse and back to the world of clean living and healthy (ish) eating. As always I’ll put in the work and catch up with you end of the week. I think 2019 is going to be a year of progress and success.  Here’s to making it happen now. Have a great week, train hard and just like the last time.. I’ll see you on that road.

 

 

 

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