I made a rare “Monday after a tournament” appearance at the gym tonight, despite being really banged up and exhausted.  I didn’t make it in time for basics, and I didn’t stay to roll after class.  I don’t want to push it because I’d like to keep training on a somewhat regular schedule.

I was tempted to just say, “screw it” and stay home.  My head is pounding (probably from dehydration), I’m tired, my back is killing me…

Right at that moment, when I have to make the final decision to either suck it up and go to the gym or wimp out and stay home, I always remember a speech Fernando Yamasaki gave during team training a few years back (before I moved to Revolution BJJ).  I don’t remember it word for word, but basically he said when you’re tired and unmotivated and you don’t feel up to training, that’s the most important time to get in the gym.  And when you don’t go you’re taking away training opportunities not just from your self, but from your team mates.

Speaking of Yamasaki, congratulations on winning the team points at the US Grappling’s Junior Championships III

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