Getting your head in the game

21 Oct 2013 by gebhard, 1 Comment »

1239694_10153245899695262_479868300_nOne of the comments that often comes up from people who have been in Crown is about the “head game”, and how to get ready for it.

Over time, as I have entered tournaments, I put a lot of thought (as much as someone who gets hit in the head on a regular basis is capable of) into how to approach a hard fight mentally.

I’ve listened to many different ideas. Some say you need to channel the rage,  you need all the aggression you can get into your fight. Ya, I get that one

What heavy fighter hasn’t had that fantasy of bolting out in a blur after lay on, surprising your opponent with the strength, speed and fury of blows until your opponent literally collapses under the rain of fire you’re brought to bare. You stand over your fallen opponent, look up and flex, and the audience explodes into applause, chanting your name.

What’s best in life? Crushing your enemies, seeing them driven before you, and hearing the lamentations of their women!

While this is a fun to think about when at the gym in the middle of long set of something I’d rather not be doing, or in a long meeting at work (I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about such things during regular HIPPA compliance meetings), this mental space has never worked for me. I’ve experimented with channeling the rage, and it makes me into something I don’t like being. The consequences extend beyond myself.

As I’ve noticed, if I enter the list with a scowl. My opponent will tense up, the ugly face staring contest will cause me to tense up. Tight muscles do not move as well. I burn more energy fighting myself trying to make a shot. Likewise when the fight or die reflex kicks in, people become numb, and it’s going to be a long and ugly fight.

I have a lot to learn before I’m a competitive Crown contender. One thing I have learned is that when I enter the list with a smile, a hand shake, a compliment and a salute, I am more likely to be relaxed. When relaxed, moving and breathing is easier. Thus, I can fight better.

When you bring a positive, relaxed attitude into the list it may also ease your opponent, allowing them to bring all they are capable of.

In my opinion, the best fighter, the one I strive to be, is one that can bring out the best in everyone around them no matter the situation.

And in the meantime….I’ll be headed back to the gym, to once again fantasize about mowing down the enemy hordes with nothing but a spoon.

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One Comment

  1. Brannos says:

    Remember that control of yourself (not rage) is what its actually all about. Also there are two types of fights. The one where you bring out what is best fight in your opponent or the one where you bring out the fight you can win… Not saying either are bad but its actually the responsibility of your opponent to being you his best fight and not your responsibility to make him bring it…

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