Had an interesting little exchange with Rory. Wanted to bring it over here, because it brought up some stuff I've been thinking about a lot lately.
Rory wrote that good training includes Blood, Sweat, and Tears. He explains why, and his reasons are all valid.
Sweat bores me. Well, bore might not be
the right word. I think sweat gets fetishized in some martial art and
physical subcultures. Good training will usually make you sweat, but
sweat is not indicative of good training. I've seen (and done) some
really stupid/useless things that made me sweat a lot. They were still
Blood can be indicative that you really pushed
the envelope, but it can also be indicative that you tore it. Same thing
with tears. I've seen too many instructors who take pride in breaking
their students, thinking (or at least, claiming) that they were making
them stronger. Really, they were just breaking them.
Mike Perry pointed out once that if your goal is to be really tired, sleep deprivation will work wonders. It doesn't mean sleep deprivation is a good way to train.
Blood, sweat, and tears can be byproducts of good training, but none of them indicate that the training itself was good.
Playing on the edge is great, but falling off it sucks.