|This is Greg, in the white gi, back when he was a purple belt.|
I actually told him that I was nervous, and I'm sure he could tell because I was pretty tense. It's taken me a long time to be able relax at all when I grapple, and rolling with Greg made me revert back to over-thinking mode. He just took it slow and tried to help me understand why things were and weren't working. After he swept me he asked me why I thought he was able to do it, and it surprised me that I knew the answer (but I didn't realize it until he pointed it out to me).
|This is not Greg, it's Milton, chilling on a beach.|
It's generally hard enough for me to relax when people are not tossing me around like a rag doll and trying to break my limbs or choke the breath out of me, so that is an area I still need a lot of work on, but when I can see that relaxation is the very thing which may actually help prevent people from being able to do anything to me, it's importance becomes very clear. I think that if I'd been more relaxed when I was rolling with Greg yesterday, it would have helped me to better feel some of the things he was trying to point out to me. In my own experience, the more relaxed I am, the better I grapple. Someday I hope to be able to be as relaxed as Greg is...just chilling on a beach somewhere, submitting some dudes.
"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." -Sydney J. Harris