• Editorial (aka Ranting again)

    Times seem a bit quiet on the mat at the moment. We are having quite a run of injuries across the board and this is bringing the numbers and consistency of training down also. Am not quite sure what to put this down to, but it has now started to irritate me somewhat. So much so that I am considering closing the club down or at least not teaching next year as a result. The time and energy that I put into running a club over 3 1/2 years is slowly running out of steam. Partly this may be my inability to attend to my own training because of teaching commitments but largely I think its about not having the best guys on the mat often enough. By getting the good guys on the mat means I get better as well. Now, this rant is not aimed at one individual but to the group as a whole and a trend I have observed in the last 4-6 weeks. And to be honest I am not sure how we overcome this issue. People need time to rest and heal. Getting your body right to train in something as demanding as BJJ is not an easy task. Trust me, I know this from personal as well as professional experience. Or perhaps its the thought of bringing a bunch of guys to a certain level and facing the possibility of starting all over again that is daunting. So rather than stew on it and drive myself nuts I thought I would put it out there and see if, as a group we are keen to see the club move forward. Or can my time be better spent elsewhere? I am, of course, aware that this is not a new problem for small martial arts clubs and perhaps BJJ instructors as a whole but, let me tell you, we are at a significant turning point and we (not just I) need to decide if this thing of ours moves forward or we say so long and thanks for the memories.