Summer time is usually busy and frantic for most of us... which is why it's such a great time to train.
So much of our daily routine is upended between mid-June and late August that you can start to feel unfocused. Setting aside two or three hours per week to get into the dojo can be your "vacation from your vacation" during the summer... in other words, a time to block everything else out and focus on yourself.
Our summer classes are pretty happening. Personally, I like training outside when it gets really hot, or at least shutting off the AC to get the maximum-sweat-thing going. No, I don't inflict this preference on our students - the dojo is usually 25 degrees cooler than it is outside. Feels great either way.
Mr. Hesser and I once did a weeklong jiu-jitsu tour in Los Angeles, hitting some of the major BJJ schools. Most memorable was Rickson Gracie's academy; he believes in the old-school Rio way. Shut the doors, no windows, thirty of us training on a 2000 square foot mat. To say it was steamy is an understatement. When we took pictures with him at the end, we kept having to wipe off the lens because it would fog over every five seconds.
Anyway, don't lose focus this summer. Stick to your goals. Think of how you'd feel, coming back in September after a sparse martial arts schedule for the last three months; the momentum would be gone, your results would be greatly diminished, and your motivation would suffer.
Stay the course!
By Charlie McShane