Monday, April 22, 2013

Negative Visions

Shadow boxing before a fight
Imagining your performance a few days before your fight can help you keep those nerves at bay but, what about the negative thoughts that creep up every now and then? Should you just brush them away or accept them?

Think realistically
We all want to inflict our will upon our opponent but it's a big mistake if you're only thinking positively positive. There are gonna be times during your visualization training where a negative thought will cross your mind. What if I get KO? What if I don't check any kicks? What if he/she is stronger/faster than me? I'm going to feel humiliated.

Don't force out any negative thoughts. 

Rather grant it a pass and establish an answer for it. Then methodically let it float away with your solutions. As a fighter you must know what it feels like to swim in the deep end out of your comfort zone. Then with the hammer of Thor, force adaption on to it. 

And it'll never happen agian
I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot...when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result. - Michael Jordan

Example 1: Conditioning
Biting down on your mouthpiece when you're dead tired but still pushing the pace. You are fighting yourself more than the person in front of you. Imagine yourself feeling tired, out of breath, sore legs & arms. Get used to that feeling & fight through it. This gassing out feeling should be experienced during your physical training as well as your mental training.

Example 2: Answering right back.
It's very important during your fight camp to work on some sparring drills. Whether you block, parry or get hit you should establish a rhythm of firing back offensively. You want to enforce that into muscle memory then call upon it in your mental training. That would give you a slight peace of mind & a solution if you do find yourself getting peppered by your opponents attack.  

Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed goblins...
Closing thoughts
These  mental drills are intended to build perseverance. Your opponent might close his eyes and knock you out with a lucky haymaker from hell. You should accept the potentiality that during your fight anything is possible. You can't control the outcome, but you can control the process by controlling yourself. 

About the author
Danny Millet, is a pro fighter, muay Thai kickboxing trainer at 5 Points Academy (NYC) and when fueled by copious amounts of coffee, a blogger who breaks down and analyses fights. 

Danny decided to aim his life in a different direction and took the plunge by quitting his job of 11 years and donating his belongings. He moved to Thailand where he lived in a Thai boxing gym for 2 years, training full time along side high level fighters like Pornsanae SitMonchai, KongFah Aood DonMuang, Kanongsuk ChuWatthana, JomThong ChuWatthana and fighting in prestigious shows such as Rajadamnern, Lumphini, Petch Buncha, M150, and MBK.

After getting sliced open from elbows in his 1st and 2nd pro fight, Danny took the healing time to do his homework of studying and analyzing the training, tactics & techniques of high profile fighters.  If you're looking to improve your fight game contact Danny Millet to schedule a training session or check out his free training & fighting information on Youtube, and  Facebook.

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