Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Short update

It has been a while since I've updated this blog. To be honest I have been working and training myself and my writing mojo has left me one more time. I was thinking about writing on in-season planning, basically sharing my ideas, but I somehow I don't feel like writing. Maybe after the season is over I could sum up some  of my thoughts and the things we did here in FC RAD.

As for me, I am back to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Boxing. I have found some great thoughts about BJJ training by Matt Thornton in his blog - Notes on Drilling. I am also pretty heavy (97kg) and I am thinking about reducing my body mass a little (to 91-93kg). I am experimenting with Intermittent fasting, not following it to the word though, but still trying to find a dietary approach that suits me and my my training regime. Need to cut strength work too (number of sets), because it is making me too damn tired with BJJ and boxing (and fasting/diet).

The season started pretty good here. From four matches we won two and did two draws. The last match we played was against FC Partizan, the National Champion and we did great. In the first half we were leading by 2:1 and in the second half they scored, thus we finished 2:2. Even if we played at home, the referring was pure horror. Even the fans of the FC Partizan were shocked by referee and his decisions (in favor of Partizan). But that is the part of the game, right? Anyway, here is the short preview of the mentioned game:

One thing I would also love to mention is that Joel Jamieson updated his website to 2.0 version :) Make sure to check it out - http://www.8weeksout.com/

Another thing that is in my mind at the moment is the importance of sport psychology. The more I am experience as a coach, the more I see the importance of it. You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you suck at this, you will suck. Sad but true. I am wondering how to 'pull' the most out of my athletes in terms of performance and effort at the training sessions and games. It is not enough to manipulate with awards/punishments (this is behavioristic view-point and is mechanistic in my opinion). The environment (team culture) needs to be considered too, along with intrinsic motivation. This reminds me of the discussion by Robert Sapolsky on Ethology.We need to consider the environment too.

Anyway, this (sport psychology) is the area that I am most interested lately, giving some rest to biomechanics, physiology and motor learning.  I am currently reading a book by my neighbor from Pula, Croatia who is psychiatrist on "How to become (and stay) successful coach" and I am also thinking about getting these books:

There is a good review of the Switch book by Matt Perryman at Amped Training. And that's it for now. Hopefully I will find more time (and motivation) to keep this blog up-to-date.

Until then viva la vida :)