Posted 09/10/2021 in Category 1 by DAVID CHARLTON

081 Mental Toughness in Combat Sports

In today’s episode, we take a look at Mental Toughness and how it applies to combat sports with a well-qualified guest, Stuart Wade, who has won 4 world titles in taekwondo and kickboxing.  He’s not someone to be messed with!  He’s also a clinical hypnotherapist and personal trainer.  We chat about controlling your emotions and maintaining your composure after being hurt and despite being in pain.    We discuss fatigue and the impact this can have on you as a fighter, mentally preparing for fights, intimidating your opponent, making the weight, and a whole lot more.  Enjoy tuning in!


Key Takeaways include:

  • Developing mental toughness can be taught.
  • In a fight, if you’re hit hard and are hurt, as well as dealing with pain you’ve got to be able to control your emotions and maintain your composure.
  • Mentally rehearsing difficult situations is important to fully prepare yourself.
  • Good support can help you deal with fatigue and continue to challenge you.
  • A mantra works well to help you focus on the present moment.
  • Pre-fight mind games are an important part of trying to psyche your opponent out.
  • Trying to make the weight can be difficult where the pressures can send your mood in a spin.


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