Mat Maturity: What Is It?
On occasion you’ll hear me throw out the term “mat maturity” during a conversation pertaining to how someone carries themselves on the mats. Though it can represent a range of things to me, it primarily suggests that a practitioner has a fair amount of control over their emotions while rolling (live wrestling). It also suggests that they can “tone it down” for newer ranking students while working with them.
A good example of someone I consider to have a great deal of mat maturity and self control is someone that does not aim to retaliate on the mats after being submitted or put in bad positions. Stepping things up to keep a roll session ‘interesting’ is one thing, but going after someone for validation purposes is another. Retaliation is often a sign of insecurity, as one generally only retaliates on the mats to reiterate their skill set and dominance to others or themselves.
In my opinion, the only time you should be “retaliating,” if you will, in the practice room is if you are a competitor prepping for a competition in your respective field, or an instructor is encouraging you to step it up as a means to push through mental blocks that you may be experiencing when rolling. At the end of the day, our training and journey isn’t just about us as individuals. It is, or at least should be, a cooperative effort for us all to reach our goals through collaboration.
By: Coach George | York MMA Academy