Nothing like a competition to fuel the fire

Me and some of my wrestlers hanging out between matches

Me and some of my wrestlers hanging out between matches

This past weekend I traveled with the Apex “North” team to the Bison Duals.  The past week or two I have been struggling to stay motivated with my own training…sure I’ve lost nearly 37lbs in 3 months but my body is a wreck.  Training twice a day plus lifting, cardio and work has put its tole on my body.  My neck has been bothering me for weeks and the tenonitis in my elbow and wrists sends shooting pain down my arms if I grab something the wrong way…or if I’m grabbed the wrong way.

The team before the start of the tournament

The team before the start of the tournament

Constantly tired, I was beginning to question competing again, especially at a weight I haven’t been down to since the 7th grade, 16 years ago.  But then a funny thing happened, I got to hang out with some of the kids I’ve been working with for years and coach/watch them compete in PA.  I found myself emotionally attached to the outcomes of their matches, pumped up when they pulled off a big win, frustrated and dejected after a crushing loss.  I began to re-evaluate my own emotions and I began to remember why I have been pushing myself and why I want to compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the first place.

My last tournament was NAGA where I took 3rd in my first blue belt tournament.

My last tournament was NAGA where I took 3rd in my first blue belt tournament.

I’ve decided to enter into this months Grapplers Quest as a warm-up.  I’ll enter in the 189lb weight division and then from there its onto the Boston Open in August and the American Nationals in California at 181.5lbs.  I’ll just have to continue to adapt to the injuries and the grueling workouts and not let it distract me from my focus.

About Matthew Wernikoff

Sports Performance Coach | Wrestling Coach | Personal Trainer
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