You’ve seen it before. A world champion like Chuck Liddell suddenly seems to have lost his edge. He’s training just as hard as ever; his nutritional program is better than it’s ever been before, but something’s missing. Before the fight, you can see it in their eyes; the “fire” is gone. You know it, their opponent knows it, and worst of all…THEY know it.
I first realized how significant the role of the mind is in physical performance when I showed up at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, California in the mid 90’s. The first day, otherwise strong and incredibly fit men were dropping like flies. “Ding, Ding, Ding” the bell would ring, as the one time “I’m gonna be a S.E.A.L.” trainee would engage in perhaps the most devastating resignation they would ever take part in: Quitting the BUD/S program that was the precursor to becoming a United States Navy S.E.A.L.
My departure was no less of a setback. A back injury caused me to be medically dropped from the program after just two months in the program. However, my 60 days of BUD/S allowed me to peek, firsthand, into the clandestine warriors and the mental and physical training they engage in to keep them at the top of their fighting game. This “peek” sparked my initial certification in hypnosis from the San Diego Institute of Hypnosis, and later a Master’s of Science Degree in Psychology. I was forever hooked.
Chuck Liddell sought the assistance of human behavior expert Tony Robbins when his mental and physical game started to slip. Andre Agassi did as well.
While I’ve never fought in the Octagon, I am a veteran of over 41 bloody street fights; I’ve both sent people to, and been sent myself to the hospital. At 43 years of age, I can still feel some of those fights from over 20 years ago as I get out of bed each morning. I know, personally, how much the mental aspect means when it comes to fighting. It can literally mean your life.
No one phase or aspect of training is an island unto itself; you have to have all of your ducks in a row if you are going to compete at the higher levels of competition in mixed martial arts.
Your physical training is paramount. The amount of quality of sleep you get is critical. Nutrition is crucial. And, as important as the mental component for fighting at top notch levels is, few would argue that it’s also the most overlooked piece of the puzzle.
Everything that will manifest from your physical body begins in your mind. Give your body the edge it deserves.
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