Yes and No.
Before going to sleep, I often let my mind fade into thinking about random thoughts and ideas in a form of meditation. Because I am a MMA competitor, those thoughts often turn to new techniques.
I imagine weird situations or techniques that most people never think about doing because, “that wouldn’t work,” or, “my teacher told me not to do that.” Those limiting beliefs can cost you dearly if you never actually go out and see for yourself.
Nothing is taboo for me on the mats. If a technique works and it is legal, I don’t care how silly it looks or where it came from. I am all about effectiveness and expanding the horizon of martial arts.
Last night I had envisioned three techniques just before going to bed. So I wrote them down in my iPad to make sure I remembered them and practiced them after training.
Sometimes these “dream moves” don’t work. They just translate into the real world as they do in my mind, which is ok. Often times, I gain a better understanding of MMA by knowing why something doesn’t work, which can be used to fix the technique and make it work.
However, today these three techniques worked well in practice mode. So now it is time to use it in sparring and see how they really work. Two of the techniques are very promising and are new Kimura Trap (www.KimuraTrap.com) techniques that come from a completely new angle that should really surprise a lot people.
So moral of the story is to make your dreams work for you. The important part is to write them down. If you just think of a cool idea and let it go at that, more often than not it will just fade away and be forgotten forever.