March 26, 2014

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BJJ and Sleep by Lauren LaCourse


BJJ and Sleep by Lauren LaCourse


Me: I don’t sleep like a normal human being anymore.

Coach: Why’s that?


Me: Jiu jitsu.

Coach: Yup.


Me: I mean it!

Coach: I know.


Me: I lie in my bed and for an hour before I fall asleep I’m thinking about jiu jitsu. I go over rolls from training. I imagine my matches for this upcoming competition. I picture myself winning, hugging my teammates.




Coach: That’s good.

Me: And then, when I finally doze off, I do jiu jitsu while I sleep! I don’t just roll over anymore, I shrimp. When I turn to sleep on my stomach, I post on my head and switch my hips. Jiu jitsu is the last thing I think about before bed and the first thing I think about when I wake up. I’m starting to feel crazy.


Coach: You should. You kind of have to be crazy to do this. To be good, to get good, you have to be obsessed.

Me: In that case, I’m half way there.


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