I’m not sure what the situation is at other schools, but I feel our academy and team is lucky enough to have a coach who is willing to take the time out to talk with team members, and wants to know what is going on with everyone: to understand “where everyone’s head is at”. We all have different goals when it comes to jiu jitsu, different levels of involvement, and even different situations going on personally, so it’s a pretty smart move in my opinion. I recently had a chat with him because of some pressure and stress that were completely self-inflicted, and I came away from the conversation feeling a lot better. It’s also always great to be able to talk to your teammates, don’t get me wrong, but just as you have more experience then say a lower belt, your instructor more often than not will have the most experience in the training, competing and everything that entails.
I know this may not be the case in some academies out there, but I am definitely glad that we are the kind of school which has that kind of rapport.
So I’m feeling better, have a little homework to do, but I definitely feel less stressed, so mission accomplished, hooray!