Mind Coaching for Professional Fighters

The advent of MMA has popularised martial arts to a point that an increasing number of young men and women are approaching martial arts with the aim of becoming professional fighters.  Large organizations like UFC managed to get martial arts fights shown in main stream TV programs, with big sponsorships and VIP audience.

Competing in martial arts is not tough just for your body and the continuous training and preparation required.  In over 30 years of practicing martial arts I met many great martial artists boasting amazing technique and fighting abilities when training in the gym; at the same time I was disappointed more then once watching them delivering sub-optimal performance once in the ring.  Your mind can play funny tricks and it best performs when adequately trained.

Discoveries in neurosciences from the last 20 years have demonstrated how mind rehearsal, visualisation and other more specialised techniques have a measurable impact on personal performance in sport.  Olympic athletes have been using mind coaches to visualise the slightly faster run or the extra metre in the javelin throw, often obtaining gold medals.

While many martial arts coaches have good experience in teaching great techniques and for offering specific physical preparation to their athletes few of them have the right knowledge or qualification to offer mind coaching that can make the difference between winning and loosing a fight.  The missing link in this scenario was the availability of professional mind coaching, delivered by a person who is both a martial artist and a qualified mind coach… until now.

I am lucky enough to know a great mind coach that happens to be my business partner who I first met during a martial arts session over 10 years ago.  Luca Senatore, martial artist for over 20 years, has a broad range of qualifications in NLP, Hypnotherapy and Mind Coaching and has recently developed a program called MMA Mind Power, after testing his innovative techniques on a selected number of MMA professional fighters.

Apart from 1-2-1 mind coaching session you can download a taster session from the website or buying the full set of mp3 recording that will guide you toward a better performance in fighting.  Whether you are a professional fighter or an ambitious amateur you will benefit from the “Warrior in You” programme going on sale today.

Would you rather fight a street or a professional fighter?

None of them if possible. Street fights do happen: sometimes dictated by irrational behaviour, other times escalating from binge drinking, road rage or other unforgivable reasons: whatever the motivation, it can happen to you. With this post I am not trying to discuss how to defend yourself in such a situation: simply analyzing why a professional fighter is usually a more dangerous opponent than a street fighter.  An experienced street fighter, perhaps somebody who grew up in a rough neighbourhood, is a dangerous opponent to fight because:

  • he is surely unfair, not playing according to rules (what rules?)
  • he will be seizing any opportunity available, hit you first
  • he would try to hurt you with a sudden move, perhaps while talking or arguing
  • he will try to knock you down as soon as possible: probably once he succeeded he will continue to hit you while you are on the floor
  • he will be ruthless, perhaps using weapons, in order to win the fight at any cost

Let’s now define a professional fighter: my definition here will be ‘somebody who fights full contact either in boxing, kickboxing, muai thai, K1 or MMA and trains for it several hours per week’.  I am convinced that you ever get to fight one of these guys (or girls) in the street your chances are much slimmer than in the other case.  The professional fighter will be:

  • stronger, faster, fitter than the average man on the street and with enough stamina to be fighting at full power for several rounds lasting 2 to 5 minutes each
  • with a good knowledge about what parts of the opponent to hit and the precision needed to deliver on target
  • with a well conditioned body, trained to be hit hard by other professional fighters

From an emotional point of view the street fighter will be acting under rage, at full adrenaline burst: the professional will surely be affected by adrenaline rush but in a much more controlled and trained way so he will be more focused on his actions.

Considering that is unlikely we know who we are going to meet on the street and whether they are street, professional or non fighters my suggestion would be to avoid fights at any cost: in the mean time keep (or start) training martial arts, they might be useful one day.