The science behind it all…
Here at MMA Mind Power, we pride ourselves of providing a practical approach that produces concrete and measurable results. Although hypnosis is one of the disciplines that we use, it is by no means the only technique we adopt; in fact, I personally use hypnosis only partially and only in specific circumstances. Our approach is a little more practical, based on neuro-scientific, sports psychology and mind coaching disciplines and researches. You do not have to believe in what we do in order for it to work, you do not have to relax and listen to quiet music during our sessions and you do not need to repeat positive affirmations to yourself in front of a mirror. During a typical session, we use specific techniques which aim to create specific outcomes, most of which can be measured right away. We adopt a work-with process which means that we do the technique with you and then teach it to you so that you 1. understand it and 2. become in control of it.
Your mind is the most advanced device, the most powerful tool, the most effective technique you own. If winning fights was all about power, speed and technique, then it would be enough to watch athletes hitting pads to see who the best is. As you sure know, often times athletes look great on pads, on the bags and even in sparring but as soon as they get in the octagon for a real match, all the skills suddenly decrease; all that coolness is replaced by lack of coordination, inability to listen to the coaches on the corner and many freeze unable to execute the long-discussed game-plan. Once the fight is over, in the dressing rooms, the frustration kicks in; you know that you are much better than your opponent, you truly believe that you are and so do your team-mates. You just got stitched up by your own nerves, your coolness left you and you cannot explain what really happened – almost as if everything went blank and you fought a fight that you did not want to fight. You now know what you should have done to win but something blocked you from “expressing” who you really are as an athlete.
There is a scientific reason for it and, due to the respect that I have for anyone’s time, I will not waste yours by going into details. What I will say however, in a very simplified manner, is that you can break down the science of how your mind affects your performance in 3 easy elements:
The thought – What are you focusing on?
Whatever you think your mind has to represent somehow; whether that is with images, moving pictures, sounds, memories or whatever else, your mind makes a representation of your thoughts, even those short thoughts that you did not even realise thinking. If you think the word “punch” for example, your mind must create a representation of that word. This could be the image of a punch, a glove, the scene of a fight, a memory of a fight, the scene from a movie or show etcetera. This is called an internal representation.
The feelings – What does it mean to you?
Once your mind has created that representation, it must give you feelings. These feelings can be positive or not so positive. For example, if the word “punch” is represented in your mind by the memory of the punch that you landed during your last fight which made you win the title, the feelings you will experience are likely to be positive and empowering. and thus the word “punch” might have a good effect on you.
The reaction – What do you do now?
So at this point you have thought a thought, you have felt the feelings and your body will consequently respond to those feelings.
For example, in the case of the word “punch” associated to your last win, which gives you positive feelings, could be written around the arena, shouted by people in the audience or in the corners and if you hear it (even without noticing that you hear it), it might have a good effect on you. It might unconsciously transmit the positive and empowering feelings of that win and so makes you a little more confident in your next move.
If, on the other hand, the word “punch” is associated to something negative, the feelings will be negative and your body will receive messages of fear, hesitation and might compromise your next move.
This is only one aspect of the science behind the psychology of a Martial Artist. Then there are many other elements that need to be taken into account and, as MMA Mind Coach, I would want to look into most aspects including:
- Self esteem issues
- Negative emotions associated to past experiences that might influence negatively the aggressiveness during as match
- Weight cut issues
- Energy issues
- Aggressiveness issues
- Nerves issues
- Confidence issues
- Game plan creation and execution
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