Note to self: remember to check inside of your gi after laundry so you don't pull a magic trick during #jiujitsu 🎩 🐰 . Today I pulled a sock from my sleeve. Luckily it was clean.
At Tri-Force, the coaches want to see that you're proficient in striking and grappling before you're allowed to fight under their banner in an mma match. It makes sense: Our gym produces very high quality fighters and fighter safety is paramount. I've competed almost a dozen grappling tournaments; I feel confident with takedowns, ground positions and submissions, as far as amateur mma is concerned.
On September 8th, I'm making my foray into the striking portion of my prep: a kickboxing match. Striking used to terrify me. I dreaded walking into any class where there might be sparring. I can't pinpoint exactly where my fear emanated from, but it was a massive mental block to my growth as a future mma fighter. If you're afraid to get hit, you simply can't do mma. You need to keep your eyes open, look at your opponent and be confident in your ability to mount an offense.
I still deal with some residual anxiety. I'm sure that's going to take time and effort to completely eliminate. However, I am finally ready to get in there and see what I can do. I'm not just trying to survive an onslaught, which was my old perspective. I'm looking to punish my opponent; to get a knockout or tko. It might just be a local amateur kickboxing match that means nothing to anyone else, but to me, it represents overcoming my fears and taking control of my perspective intead of of letting my perspective control me.
Anyways, that's the long, boring way of saying that I love Tri-Force MMA and the people that train there... and I really want to kick and punch another human until they can't stand up anymore. Sounds like my priorities are in order. #FightLiftMove