Okay let’s talk about the fighter’s attitude. With the Super Bowl happening this coming Sunday we see a lot of conversation and debate revolving around the Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. First off he is an exceptional player and the best at what he does in the NFL. He also has some attitude and trash talks during a game. Cornerbacks like Sherman are put on an island. (very similar to self-defense) Meaning they defend a receiver typically without a lot of help. Some times they get burned and some times they burn the other team. However, they need a mindset that they are the best at what they do and that they are better than the competition across the line of scrimmage that is coming at them. They typically have to have attitude, belief in themselves and generally some times a diva like approach. This is not far off from an MMA fighter, Boxer, Kickboxer, etc. When you step into a ring or cage against another individual you must have total belief in yourself and your skill set and that you are going to dominate your opponent. You have to have some moxy and attitude! Out of all of the times I kick boxed I always felt I was going to win and dominate that opponent. This also goes for when I was tournament fighting, etc. Not surprisingly the one time that I stepped into the ring that I did not feel that way I lost. All the rest I won. Attitude, belief, self-confidence, heart, moxy whatever you want to label it is essential in a physical confrontation whether it is on the football field, in a cage or guess what on the street! If you are going into a physical violence confrontation you had better have some attitude and confidence. Otherwise you just may not come out intact on the other side. We as martial practitioner’s need to develop confidence and attitude in our training. This way when a moment of violence happens around us we can deal with it in the most appropriate manner, quick and fast! Now you do not have to be a loud mouth, brash or arrogant but you do need that inner spark that says “it’s on” and I am going to dominate! When ever I handcuffed someone during work my attitude was taking care of business. No messing around and total domination. This always served me well and if you cultivate your “inner beast” and have confidence in your success then you will also have the opportunity to succeed in a moment of extreme violence! Whether in the military, law enforcement, civilian self-defense, cage match, ring, etc. develop your confidence so that if you are put on an island you will take care of business!
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