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  1. BKR is offline
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    My dog is cuter and smarter than yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackmonk View Post
    Absolutely. You MUST be realistic with yourself.
    I'll triple down on that, Cuddles.

    I had to make a hard choice in my life regarding my judo training when I was 20 years old. I had torn my ACL, which put me off training for a few months. I missed competing in Judo Senior Nationals because of it, and I had been training my ass off up until I tore my ACL a few months before the event.

    After I (sort of) recovered (my ACL was torn too badly to heal all the way), I had to decide whether I would transfer to an out of state college and city with enough Judo to help me get to the next level, or stay at my then present school (which was a kick ass geology department). Judging that ACL surgery (which was NOTHING like it is now) would either cripple me or do not good, but in any case would have me out for at least another year), I decided that my aspirations to get to national level or higher needed to be changed. Having started Judo at 17, I was up against guys (in the US) that had been training since they were kids.

    So I decided to keep training, do the best I could, get a degree (or two, which I did) to set me up for success on down the road. I still trained very hard, competed at nationals etc., but did not change locations. Eventually I got ACL fixed.

    That was a tough choice for me. I had almost 3 years of very hard training invested. I ate, drank, breathed, and shat Judo (and school).

    Anyway, just another old fart story, but maybe apropos.
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    Okay, thanks a ton guys.

    One last question, I promise. Is it alright to feel frustrated with how you're progressing?

    I feel this way (almost angry at myself) because I still can't beat Varsity wrestlers and am channeling it by wrestling almost obsessively after practice. Asking anyone and everyone, regardless of weight, to come wrestle with me until they all leave or I'm too tired to wrestle anymore.

    Coach has noticed but hasn't said anything, but I'm afraid this might be self-destructive in the long run somehow.

    Thanks guys.
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    Its pretty arogant to expect to walk into the next levl and beat people who also have put in the time and effort.

    Go get your ego checked.

    Really you don't think the guys at varsity whom got there before you deserves to be there?

    You think a few weeks of you training hard should beat there few years of training hard?

    You sir need to stop watching anime.
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    Okay, thanks goodlun.
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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cuddles View Post
    Okay, thanks a ton guys.

    One last question, I promise. Is it alright to feel frustrated with how you're progressing?

    I feel this way (almost angry at myself) because I still can't beat Varsity wrestlers and am channeling it by wrestling almost obsessively after practice. Asking anyone and everyone, regardless of weight, to come wrestle with me until they all leave or I'm too tired to wrestle anymore.

    Coach has noticed but hasn't said anything, but I'm afraid this might be self-destructive in the long run somehow.

    Thanks guys.
    That's the right attitude, however, make sure you recover enough. Getting injured will be even more frustrating than getting your ass kicked.

    One of my (Japanese) judo sensei used to say "Don't get angry, get determined". I think that would be more productive for you.

    Like Goodlun said, it's not realistic to expect you are going to walk in and beat the varsity wrestlers right off the bat, if ever. You are going to have to work hard for it, it's not a birthright.
    Falling for Judo since 1980
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