Tonight I’m going to give out a snippet of a new book that I’m writing called ” The Sweet Science Applied into MMA”. It’s an informational book on my experiences, personal knowledge, strategy, and tricks of the trade in Boxing. In this snippet, I talk about mind programming in the “Mental Edge” section. With studies in the field of NLP, (neuro linguistic programing) and observations in the fight game, this is what I came up with..
I’ve seen fighters lose the fight before the fight even began. To get the mental edge, you have to figure out how your mind works. Your mind is like an advanced computer and like any computer, you need the right program for the situation. You need to put positive messages in your mind. For example, if you go into a fight thinking “ I knock people out” but if you go against an opponent that you cannot knock out, you must change your program to “ out pointing him” to a decision. If you cannot change the program, it puts the fighter into a state of confusion when he does not get the knock out. He then becomes mindful and will not be as efficient.
I remember experiencing a fight where the fighter ( a champion noted for his knock outs ) was losing the fight on points. When he came back to the corner, the trainer asked him if he wanted to stop the fight in an attempt to motivate him. The fighter clearly was still “in” the fight and still had a really good chance of winning. But after his trainer asked him that, the fighter was not the same and at the end, he quit.
If we go back and look at that statement “do you want me to stop the fight?” in his mind, “stop the fight” was embedded into his subconscious. Now by him being a champion and a noted knock out artist, not being able to knock out his opponent put him into a state of confusion. Then after his trainer made the statement, that’s when he lost it. The fighter was fed the wrong programming.
A good program to run before training or a fight is to picture yourself not winning, but executing your combinations with accuracy. Picture your movements precise! Act tough. You want to use good physiology. You want to use good body language. Put a good positive statement into your mind. A good statement that worked for me was “ I LOVE THIS!” I went into a judo tournament once where I broke the golden rule and did not train properly. I was beating myself up with negative messages and then I found the perfect program to run through my mind. I asked myself, if someone were to attack me on the street, how would I react? If someone was to attack me now and my life was in jeopardy, there would be no excuse but to survive! I ended up taking first place! You have to get the right positive message into your mind to give you that mental edge.