Master Black Belt
- Dec 6, 2006
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It's a very fine balance is it not, of having a fatalistic approach but ensuring that does not tip over into weakening you subconsciously/consciously while competing or in a "real/street" confrontation or embracing such an approach so that it actually empowers you to the extent you are using your abilities to the maximum but not being chained by fear or emotional reservations...Yeah. And a few heavy street fighters as well. Very sort of Viking i suppose.
Another approach is to be of the mind-set that you simply are not going to loose, that can also be very powerful from a sports psychology perspective but the risk there is the potential for a crash in esteem when the inevitable defeat happens at some stage, that needs to be carefully managed.
From my experience, at least in the Western approach to sports, including competitive fighting, the later approach is more often the one employed and you see the pros and cons of this all the time. As an example, just look at the number of great boxing champs that on loosing that pivotal fight never get back to the mental place they once were or simply pull the pin completely on fighting.