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Also, I need to learn the art of "tapping out" haha. We were doing takedowns and joint locks etc, I think I waited too long until the pressure was on, but I'm learning to move "with" the lock more (in the direction it's applied) to avoid the pain and hyper extension or whatever, and tap as soon as it reaches that... place. New stuff for me.
As mentioned above, this is definitely something you learn with time. I think we all have stories of times we should have tapped sooner lol.
 
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Today was awesome :)

Did our normal class this morning followed by advanced class.

Then a bit of break before the sparring session, absolutely loved it :D. We actually started off with some push hands work in an attempt to actually get ourselves nice and loose and relaxed, as sparring can definitely get people all tense. Was such a nice way to start and a great baseline to go from. Did some different drills and techniques, then took it in turns watching and doing freesparring.

I made sure to keep good control as alot of them were still very new to sparring, and my instructor actually got me to share some techniques and knowledge I had of sparring as he knew that I've got quite some experience, which I was quite honoured by. I got great feedback from everyone and said they learned alot from me; was quite humbling!

Learned alot today, and the club really values everyone's input :). I aaaaam tired now though haha.
 
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Today was awesome :)

Did our normal class this morning followed by advanced class.

Then a bit of break before the sparring session, absolutely loved it :D. We actually started off with some push hands work in an attempt to actually get ourselves nice and loose and relaxed, as sparring can definitely get people all tense. Was such a nice way to start and a great baseline to go from. Did some different drills and techniques, then took it in turns watching and doing freesparring.

I made sure to keep good control as alot of them were still very new to sparring, and my instructor actually got me to share some techniques and knowledge I had of sparring as he knew that I've got quite some experience, which I was quite honoured by. I got great feedback from everyone and said they learned alot from me; was quite humbling!

Learned alot today, and the club really values everyone's input :). I aaaaam tired now though haha.
Also just realised, I have not sparred in I'd say about 2 years or more (obviously with everything that's been happening), and it went really went... was so happy with how I sparred. I felt really relaxed, fast, able to see openings and counter well, and still able to be respectful, controlled and hopefully helpful to the others when we sparred. Amazing that it all came back to me still!
 

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Also just realised, I have not sparred in I'd say about 2 years or more (obviously with everything that's been happening), and it went really went... was so happy with how I sparred. I felt really relaxed
I have found that coming back after a significant layoff, some part of your skill will often be improved. This seems contrary to logic. Maybe after going without practice you come back with basics more in mind, going a little slower and not going all out. Whatever, you're more relaxed in your execution.

Also, the time off may have allowed you to "forget" some things (mentally and physically), so you're more open to "new" ideas. And maybe just time itself let some things/concepts coalesce and crystalize, like a wine in the cellar gets better with age. Maybe you're just excited getting back into it. It's hard to tell exactly why "the less you do, the better you get" upon return, but at times, true. Just don't use this as an excuse for not working out! ;)
 

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I have found that coming back after a significant layoff, some part of your skill will often be improved. This seems contrary to logic. Maybe after going without practice you come back with basics more in mind, going a little slower and not going all out. Whatever, you're more relaxed in your execution.

Also, the time off may have allowed you to "forget" some things (mentally and physically), so you're more open to "new" ideas. And maybe just time itself let some things/concepts coalesce and crystalize, like a wine in the cellar gets better with age. Maybe you're just excited getting back into it. It's hard to tell exactly why "the less you do, the better you get" upon return, but at times, true. Just don't use this as an excuse for not working out! ;)
Agree.
Sometimes we just get in our own head and muck up things like reaction time.
Being off for a while can clear this out and let things freely flow.
My sparring coach never let me full out spar the week before matches. He had a word for it (a psych term) but I forget what it is at the moment.
 
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I have found that coming back after a significant layoff, some part of your skill will often be improved. This seems contrary to logic. Maybe after going without practice you come back with basics more in mind, going a little slower and not going all out. Whatever, you're more relaxed in your execution.

Also, the time off may have allowed you to "forget" some things (mentally and physically), so you're more open to "new" ideas. And maybe just time itself let some things/concepts coalesce and crystalize, like a wine in the cellar gets better with age. Maybe you're just excited getting back into it. It's hard to tell exactly why "the less you do, the better you get" upon return, but at times, true. Just don't use this as an excuse for not working out! ;)
Geez I reckon you hit the nail on the head!

All those points I think are in play for sure! Honestly I've spent sooo much time with my online training (which has been alot of themes of natural movement, relaxation, groundedness and internal "feel" rather than perfect shape) and also incorporated alot of this into my solo training, and I swear it must have been engrained in me on some deep level. Natural movement actually, is the perfect descriptor. Sparring didn't feel forced, full of angst, control, but just a smooth natural flow. My energy didn't rise up into my upper body but I felt just so connected to the ground. So bizarre and so happy that I'm finally feeling that...

Very true also about forgetting things. It's been a very conscious process of letting go of old ways of moving, training, and living in general.

Appreciate those thoughts so much, thank you
 
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Agree.
Sometimes we just get in our own head and muck up things like reaction time.
Being off for a while can clear this out and let things freely flow.
My sparring coach never let me full out spar the week before matches. He had a word for it (a psych term) but I forget what it is at the moment.
Absolutely! Time away from what at times felt like sparring to survive haha may have helped. It's also possible the relaxed push hands we did prior to sparring also facilitated this mindset!

Cheers for that :)
 
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