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The secret to becoming the best?

    Sat, 2008-01-26 00:35 — ARBIZO

    I’ve been around this sport long enough to witness many athletes focus on all the wrong aspects in becoming a successful mixed martial artist. By cutting weight before competitions, to unnecessary muscle growth with weights etc. They say learn from the best and yes that’s exactly right. Only 1 athlete in this world can truly be called the best and that is Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor was once asked how he can turn it on all of a sudden before a fight and Fedor said “I don’t turn anything on, I am just how I am right now in a fight which is relaxed”. So I asked myself what are the things we do when we are relaxed? Hmm… watch TV, eat, lay down, read a book. So it hit me! If you can somehow trick your brain into thinking the your body is relaxed during training, sparing, drills, etc. then what should seem hard is in-fact very simple to your mind and body.
    It’s all a very mental you see. And believe me it’s working for me.
    Your thoughts?

    Alabama_Man's picture

    ARBIZO;18307 wrote:
    I’ve been around this sport long enough to witness many athletes focus on all the wrong aspects in becoming a successful mixed martial artist. By cutting weight before competitions, to unnecessary muscle growth with weights etc. They say learn from the best and yes that’s exactly right. Only 1 athlete in this world can truly be called the best and that is Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor was once asked how he can turn it on all of a sudden before a fight and Fedor said “I don’t turn anything on, I am just how I am right now in a fight which is relaxed”. So I asked myself what are the things we do when we are relaxed? Hmm… watch TV, eat, lay down, read a book. So it hit me! If you can somehow trick your brain into thinking the your body is relaxed during training, sparing, drills, etc. then what should seem hard is in-fact very simple to your mind and body.
    It’s all a very mental you see. And believe me it’s working for me.
    Your thoughts?

    The older MMA gets, the more weight cutting, insane natural ability, and juicing become necessary to attain a high level. I think the lower level can be attained by cutting weight, lifting weights, and juicing. Occassionally, you have anomalies like Fedor, BJ Penn, GSP, or, Jake Shields who aren't juice boxes or huge weight cutters but are just that much better than everyone else. It's the nature of the bell curve, my fren.

    Asking Fedor how he fights so well is like asking Mozart how he plays the piano so well. Mozart would probably say something like, "I just chill and hit all the keys at the right time in the right order." Now try that at home.

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    GAZZY's picture

    I believe that there is an ON button.. it doesn't mean that you aren't relaxed when you turn that button on. it's just a higher state of conciousness we must definitley be in before a match.

    The battle is won in preparation. when one prepares well, and as well as he/she possibly could- there is a confidence gained there that will help and allow for a more relaxed state of mind and sureness of yourself that you are ready for battle.

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    kaperisk's picture

    "you have anomalies like Fedor, BJ Penn, GSP, or, Jake Shields who aren't juice boxes or huge weight cutters but are just that much better than everyone else."

    you shouldnt group GSP in there he cuts about 20 lbs for a fight. not that there is anything really wrong with weight cutting. i mean hes really great and one of my favorite fighters but i think alot of his talent lies in his athleticism.

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    Alabama_Man's picture

    ^^^that's why I initially said "insane natural talent." It's not like he learned how to do that.

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    kaperisk's picture

    thats what training is for... the more you train the more relxaed you will be in a fight because its just normal to you. you ever hear your bjj coach tell you to calm down.. relax.. loosen up.. its tha same idea. same with boxing you gotta be loose. you gotta move and be relxed, the more tense you are the more energy you waste and the less effective youre attacks and defense will be.

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