The Three Horsemen
Self doubt, indecision, & fear are the three horsemen that
destroy your chances for success. If you have one of these
feelings the other two are nearby. If you have doubt in your
abilities as a fighter or are indecisive on how you are going
to fight your opponent, fear will automatically kick in &
take over. Your chances of being victorious before even entering
the ring will be knocked out. These emotions will affect your
performance due to the mind / body connection. You will hesitate
on fully committing to your techniques & combinations while
fighting. You will telegraph your movements due to indecision
and your speed of your techniques will slow down due to being
stiff & rigid.
Like animals, which sense fear, humans are no different. The
vibrations of fear pass from one mind to another just as quickly
& surely as a human voice. Your opponent across the ring will
sense your fear & use it to his advantage. The three horsemen
need to be mastered before claiming your title in or outside
of the ring.
Here are some tips
1. Think from your opponents mind, what would he do?
2. Watch & analyze your opponent's fights to get a sense of
his game plan.
3. Focus & remind yourself of your strengths as a fighter.
4. At night before going to sleep rehearse your fight plan
in your mind & what you will do to counter attacks.
5. Have a flexible fight plan ready in your mind & stick to
"IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE VICTORY YOU MUST PLACE YOURSELF
IN YOUR OPPONENTíS SKIN. IF YOU DONíT UNDERSTAND YOURSELF,
YOU WILL LOSE 100% OF THE TIME. IF YOU UNDERSTAND YOURSELF
YOU WILL WIN 50% OF THE TIME. IF YOU UNDERSTAND YOURSELF &
YOUR OPPONENT YOU WILL WIN 100% OF THE TIME."
Norm Bettencourt is the creator of TACT Self Defense
which specializes in combat management tactics for mind, body
& spirit. Visit TACT
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