goes something like this; morning physical training, break, mid morning
meetings, break/lunch, afternoon meetings/play study, afternoon physical
training, dinner, evening meetings, night film study/meetings.
This was a pretty typical example I read about from the NFL in the book; The
Education of a Coach by David Halberstam. These are millionaire athletes, the
best at what they do. Guys who must win or be fired. How much of their
‘training’ is mental?
They only trained twice in the day but how many meetings and strategy and
technical reviews did they undergo? In this example it was four times. Each of
those times lasting anywhere from 1 to 2 hours! That’s a full day!
How much time do you spend as a grappler studying, evaluating, taking notes
and educating yourself about your chosen field? How much do you know about your
opponent’s offenses and defenses? How much do you know about your own offenses
and defenses? Are you one of the literally thousands of athletes who would
rather spend 2 hours of grueling hell on a mat conditioning until your left lung
Or are you one of the less than 1% who is willing to use their mind and put
actual real mental conditioning and development into the world’s oldest and
greatest sport? How many hours have you spent watching the perfect single leg?
How many mental repetitions have you completed of your favorite submission?
Favorite takedown? How many hours have you studied the various grappling styles
and their philosophies? How many books have you read about the subject?
If you’re not willing to put the time into your mind and your strategy you
will only be half an athlete. You may have success but only up to a certain
level and then you will go no further. If you want to go to the absolute limit
of your capabilities you must train your mind.
You must be willing to slow down in your training and get it right. You must
be willing to stop in the middle of a technique and fix it, do it right and do
it again. You must be willing to sacrifice 15 minutes of hard physical training
for and even harder 15 minutes of analyzing, correcting and developing your
If you take the ‘2 steps back’ to do this you will take 3 to 4 steps forward
in your training and in your success rate in competition.
Remember you can win more by training less physically. Learning to train
mentally is what will one day separate you as a champion.