Sunday, February 27, 2011

Goal Setting in BJJ part 2

Goal Setting in BJJ: Part 2

Measurable Goals.

The next letter in the goal setting acronym is M for MEASURABLE. This can be harder in Jiu Jitsu than in another sport that can have easier statistical data to measure. For example a basketball player can set a goal of 75% free throws and averaging 15 points per game. BJJ has a tougher time measuring results and progress due to the fact that each day and each partner you roll with is different. We have our good days when we roll at a high level and we have days where we just aren’t feeling it. The trick is to find a goal where you can track its progress. Instead of saying “Get better at Armbars”, try finding a way where you can set a measurable goal that will naturally improve your armbars. Practicing 50 extra armbars a day, attempt 5 armbars during live rolls and attempt 1 armbar in a competition are measurable and will lead to the goal of getting better at armbars. It’s hard to keep statistical data on what percentage of armbars attempted you finish, there are too many variables to complicate the data, such as rank and size of opposition, etc. This is a major reason why BJJ is so unique and wonderful, yet potentially frustrating all at the same time! A goal that you can measure will allow you to determine if you are making progress towards the greater prize.
     Physical conditioning allows for an easier time in measuring progress. Being able to increase weight lifted, times run for a mile and pull-ups done are all quantitative and thus can be monitored and assessed as far as their progress towards an ultimate goal. Saying I want to get better or good at something is relative and cannot be measured so having targets to show improvement are important to allow a fighter the feedback needed to adjust training methods when a plateau is hit. Speaking with your instructor or coach is a good way to determine your growth. Ultimately a good instructor will be able to provide the best feedback for you concerning your Jiu Jitsu and how it’s progressing and what elements you need to work on. It’s important to remember that if you are using quantitative measurements, then you need to predetermine what numbers represent success. When do you know and how will it show are two questions that you need to be able to answer when setting measurable goals in BJJ.

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