Past Experiences ep.02 – Training From Hell!

“if you are going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill
 
If you could pick a point in life where you had struggled the most, what will it be?
 
For me, it was my black belt training. When I came to my coach one day and said that next year I want to take the black belt exam, I couldn’t even imagine what it would take from me – physically and mentally!
Training From Hell, Black belt training post picture
I had trained for a long time and I knew every technique and every move for the black belt exam. But my coach had a different training plan just for me.
He said that I wasn’t aggressive enough and his plan was to put me through a series of one-on-one training with him.
 
First lesson:

I was so excited to start that I was there half an hour early to do my warm up, so I wouldn’t waste time on that – mistake no.1, when the lesson started my coach said there will be a fixed order for the way the lessons are going to be:

  • Warm up (I thought to myself, well that’s already done =).
  • Fighting fitness (let me explain, in a fight it feels like you are using all of your energy so fast that after about a minute or so you are already out of breath and exhausted).
  • “Absorbing” blows or strengthening the body.
  • Fighting drills.
  • A bit of technique.
My reaction was “cool, let’s start!”

(he smiled…)

When I started with the fighting fitness exercises I was in a good mood, I like doing this kind of exercises and I thought “this is fun!” – On the next part, that feeling was long gone!

 
The sole purpose of the next part was to train on the mental part as at that time I was so afraid of receiving a strong punch or kick to my body that I would try to avoid fighting with anyone that looked above my level during practice.
 
I would stand with my hands crossed behind my head and for the next 5 minutes, I had to “absorb” all the kicks and punches, trying to keep my breath and to stand in place without going backward or falling to the ground.
 
It wasn’t so “cool” anymore
During these 5 minutes of strengthening session, I fall to the ground more than 10 times and ran to the window to vomit my soul out from the pain and the fear of the next blow that I knew was coming.
 
When I reached the fighting drills I quickly understood that it’s exactly the same as the previous part with the only difference that I could hit back (don’t you think for one moment that I was able to do that), it lasted for 10 more minutes! (It’s funny how time perspective changes then you are in pain, physically and mentally).
 
I WAS DONE Training!
Didn’t even made it to the technique part of my practice.
 
My coach: “how was it”?
Me: “way too fu*king hard!”
My coach: “do you want to continue?”
Me: “yes” – mistake no.2
 
And this is how my first one-on-one lesson went…
 

Second lesson

and all the way to the 10th lesson:
I kept making the same mistakes; coming half an hour before each practice and every time I was asked if I wanted to continue, I said “yes”…
 
On the 10th lesson, my coach said: “good, this is a whole different level you’re at, it’s time to take this to the group level”
 
I had no idea what he was planning…
 
At the end of the next group practice that followed my 10th one-on-one lesson, my coach said to me that if I want to take the exam I will have to complete just one more thing.
 
We were 15 in the group, all in great shape and fitness and fight really good, I even started to enjoy fighting myself at that part.
But!
There was only one guy I was terrified from; 2.10 meters, ex-special forces dude that came to “have fun” – All to all he was a really nice guy but I kept my distance from him.
 
I was supposed to fight him and give a “decent” punch or kick that would stop him in his place – that was my goal!
 
At the end of every group practice, I will have my chance to win myself an entry ticket for the black belt exams.
 
You can imagine the disappointment I felt the first time I lost the fight, and the second, third, forth all the way to the 12th fight!
 

In The End

By that time I knew every move he can throw at me and basically I had nothing to lose.
 
sometimes, what you consider to be a mistake, when you look back, it seems to be the most important step you make!
 
Every time I got early to my private hell training and every time at the end of each session I said that I wanted to continue I was going one step closer to my goal.
 
“if you are going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill – On the 12th fight, I got my win.
 
After that
The black belt exam was not a big deal for me and a year later I even passed a second black belt in a different discipline, Krav Maga, just for the fun of it.
 
I was in a completely different set of mind, the training from hell as I call it, at that time it seemed to be the worst thing I have ever signed up for. But now, if I look back, it was a game changer for me!
 
 
This post is a part of a series of past experiences that made an impact on me or even changed my life! (if you’ve missed episode 01 – NewZealand, you can read it here).

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