Shocking Experience

Everybody experiences a ‘wakeup call’ in some form or another at some stage of their life.  Although, it can be a shock to the system the outcome can be quite positive because this enables us to take action before it might ever happen again.  Wakeup calls are a warning to prepare, otherwise, be prepared to face the same consequences again.

Wakeup calls can be a catalyst for improvement in our martial arts training.  Our first tournament match can be a shock to anybody’s system but it is what we do after that to be able to handle the same situation again in a positive manner.  The same goes for that street encounter that might not go so well.  With the homework all done, the second and third time round, those situations don't turn to be as much of a shock.

In BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), there comes a time when you come up against an opponent who throws you in all sorts of disarray.  My attitude is ‘many thanks for that.  You have prompted me to do something about it.’  The lesson here, SHOCK, DISCOVER, LEARN & FIX. 

They say adrenaline is good for performance in these situations but too much of this medication will work have the opposite effect; besides you cannot control the right amount of dose for maximum performance but you can attain knowledge which can eliminate those shocking experiences.

So remember, if you are feeling down one day, you will feel that 'high' the next day when you take action and do something about it.  I hope I haven't shocked anybody.