“Just keep lobbing them in there pitcher!” That’s what the rival coach yelled out when I was on the mound. My Little League baseball career was on the line and as a pitcher I was more worried about control than speed. A bit angered I decided to give the next pitch ALL I had. The ball hit the glove before the batter even swung. The rival coach had pushed me to a new level. I already had the control but now I had that missing element, horsepower!
I realized today that for the last few years I’ve been so concerned with control that I have severely lacked swift motion, especially when it came to escaping bad positions. My tendency is to roll slow and even to let my partner take a dominant position without much struggle on my part. This ends now.
I can see the difference between me and the top guys and one of the biggest elements is not accepting when someone is securing a good position on you. It’s time for me to ‘spaz’ though a completely controlled spaz, and work hard to get to at least a neutral position like open guard or back to knees. I’m confident that I am not threat of harming anyone, or myself, due to this change in rolling philosophy, since I’ve played the slow game for so long. I just believe my game will now ‘move’ with a certain flow and quickness that I was just too afraid, or lazy, to pull of in the past. I’ll update you on the results soon. Thanks to Blue N! for the tips and encouragement.