You’d expect to feel fantastic after your Jiu-Jitsu training, right? To feel elated, walking home with a huge smile on your face. And, truth be told, this will often happen – as BJJ truly makes people into better, happier versions of themselves.
However, there will often be instances where you won’t feel great after training… What’s more, sometimes you’ll feel even worse than you did before you stepped on the mats!
Why does this happen?
DON’T WORRY, IT HAPPENS TO EVERYONE
Regardless what the reason for not feeling good after training may be, you’ve got to keep in mind that it’s not a big deal. You need not to worry about this, because it happens to everyone.
In other words – it’s impossible to feel good after Jiu-Jitsu every single time! Heck, let’s say you absolutely adore pancakes. And that you could always eat them… But, really? Could you really eat them every day, and feel good after eating them as well?
Sooner or later, you just won’t be up for pancakes. Or you’ll eat a few of them and your stomach won’t respond in kind.
It’s the same thing with BJJ. It’s going to feel great, most of the time. But sometimes, it’ll suck real bad.
But when those days of „suck“ come, you’ve got to persevere. You’ve got to remind yourself that they’re to be expected, and that they will be overcome through the act of simply not giving up.
THE TRAINING DIDN’T GO SO WELL
Now, the most frequent reason for not feeling good after Jiu-Jitsu is that your training didn’t go all too well.
Perhaps you’ve failed to figure out how to do a certain technique. Maybe your tapped out-submission rate was 100-0. Or maybe something has happened, such as an injury (either to you or your training partner), that left you feeling totally deflated.
No matter what actually happened (or didn’t happen), you’re not feeling great.
But so what? It happens. You won’t be on mark every single drill or roll. Take it for what it is – a bad day, week, or maybe even a month or two. What’s important is that you keep going… That’s the only way you’ll improve!
STRESS OUTSIDE OF TRAINING
Sometimes it will be the stress outside of Jiu-Jitsu that will ruin your after-training feeling. Be it trouble at home, work, school, in a relationship, or something else… As soon as you’re done with the meditation-like experience during training, your mind will focus again on the problems you’re experiencing. And that can sometimes feel really heavy on the heart.
There’s not much that you can do in this case, in regards to your BJJ, except – you’ve guessed it – to keep training.
While Jiu-Jitsu may not solve these problems for you, and even though you may still feel really weary after training… During those one or two hours you spend rolling, you’ll feel better.
EXTREME EXPECTATIONS AREN’T GREAT
The third major reason why you’re not feeling ecstatic after training are your expectations. For, if your expectations are too great, the moment you feel reality colliding with them… That moment isn’t going to feel all too pretty.
So should you stop with forming grandiose goals? Absolutely not. But you should realize that it will take a lot of time to reach them. Therefore, your best bet is to start forming smaller goals, which are more realistic; and which are more easily attainable in a shorter time frame.
Then, because you are able to both measure and feel your progress, your drive for training will continue to grow. And as it grows… So will your progress!