adjusting to black belt level
Wed, 2008-04-09 12:05 — delicious bass
Although my knee still isnt 100% I have been very excited to begin competing as a black belt, (I have previously fought in special events against black belts as a brown belt). I am still in the process of making adjustments to my technical and mental competition game. Perhaps the hardest thing for me is to maintain mental concentration for a full 10 minutes. I have a bad habit of starting slow and getting down on points early in a match. Over the years a large percentage of my matches have been come from behind submission wins or last second guard passes where i end up winning 3 to 2.
What I am noticing is at the black belt level, the athletes are much better at protecting their lead, using points to advance their submission game or just riding out a lead doing just enough not to get called for stalling.
Does anyone have any suggestions for adjusting to the 'professional' level?
My strategy is to compete as much as possible to become more comfortable against elite opponents. Over the past eight years training and competing a few months of the year in Brasil, I have already matched up against many of the competitors in my division and had good results. However, I have always been of the opinion that the lower belts are practice for the black belt where things start really counting.
Maybe Rafa or some of the other black belts can talk a little bit about how they adapted their games (both mental and technical) to be successful at the black belt level.
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