Being a mixed martial artist is not easy. Combat sports are physically demanding, and they take a lot of training time and maximum effort to succeed. MMA also requires its athletes to have a strong mental game as well. As we mentioned in our last post, MMA is 90% mental and 10% physical. Below you’ll find a few tips that will help you have the right mindset for competing at the highest levels. If you’re looking for affordable mixed martial arts classes in Raleigh for women this summer, call Gracie Raleigh. We specialize in BJJ, muay thai, MMA, self defense training, and more. Don’t wait! Call now!
Psychology Tips for MMA and Combat Athletes
Permission To Win
Every contest has one winner and one loser. Why can’t you be the winner? You can! It all starts with believing in yourself and giving yourself permission to win. If you do not believe in your own abilities, you’ll be doomed from the first ring of the bell. By giving yourself permission to win, you’re trusting yourself, your training, and focusing in on a positive outcome. This is also a performance visualization technique, which we’ll be talking about next.
Positive Performance Visualization
Positive performance visualization is one of the primary techniques used in all sports psychology. Studies of the brain have revealed that your thoughts can produce the same mental directives as physical actions. Positive performance visualization impacts many of the brain’s cognitive processes, such as attention, perception, planning, motor control, and memory. So when you’re visualizing, you’re training your brain for competition.
Great athletes like Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods, used this psychology technique to increase confidence and enhance motivation. If it worked for them, it will work for you.
Accept Losing – It’s Inevitable
Losing is a part of life that everyone has to deal with at one some time or another. As long as you always train hard and give it your all, it’s okay. Failure is not losing. Failure is determined by how you react to losing. When we say accept it, we mean that you should give up your fear. Do not let losing have power over you. It’s going to happen at some point, use it as a learning experience and focus on the positives.
We have more tips for you in part three. Click here to up your mental game even more. If you want to finish the summer off right with your martial arts training, keep reading. Gracie Raleigh can help you with muay thai, BJJ, self defense, and more.
Affordable Mixed Martial Arts Classes in Raleigh For Women
Gracie Raleigh specializes in jiu jitsu, muay thai, kickboxing and self defense and our classes are for anyone who wants to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. What you learn in our mixed martial arts classes in Raleigh NC will also translate into helping you fight the daily battles of your life, such as weight loss, stress reduction, relationship problems, self-confidence issues, and more.
We even offer free classes for beginners. You can feel confident before you commit with Gracie Raleigh. We also have specific classes for kids if you have a child that’s interested in learning more about martial arts. There are no contracts for children. If you have any questions, please call. We’ll be happy to help you.