I want to be able to perform at my absolute best for the IBJJF Atlanta Open tournament. There are going to be some studs at the tournament. Luckily, my training partners at Unit 2 Fitness are extremely tough.
A couple of days ago, I watched Marcos Avellan’s video on training your mind for battle. Before I go in to what the video was about, let me give you a brief history on Marcos Avellan and his brother, David Avellan. Marcos and David started learning how to submission grapple out of their garage at the start of the millenium. They started entering tournaments AND WINNING against some of the best grapplers in the world. Both David and Marcos have been to the ADCC Championships which is the Superbowl of Submission Grappling. Only the best grapplers in the world get invited. Marcos has won some tournaments, and David has placed 3rd in the ADCC Championships.
Today, they own a fantastic gym in Miami, Florida called the Freestyle Fighting Academy. It’s the only 24/7 gym with MMA, BJJ, and Muay Thai kickboxing classes. They have a 30 day free trial and a 60 day money back guarantee. If you are in South Florida, I recommend you check them out.
Back to the subject, in the video Marcos talks about writing positive affirmations down on paper before training. Marcos and David have been doing this for years now, and that is one of the key reasons for their success. They use the affirmations for their business, athletic, and personal life and it has paid off dividends for them. If it worked for them, then it was worth a shot. I wrote 50 affirmations down saying, “I can sweep everybody, pass everybody’s guard, and submit everybody like I would a 5 year old boy.”
I’m also subscribed to Marcos’ newsletter, and I remember reading an email from him talking about pushing yourself even harder when you get tired. I don’t remember his exact words, but he said to completely exhaust yourself in training. He mentioned that feeling tired was mental, and you’ll find out that you have more energy than you think you do. I didn’t have anything to lose in training, so why not give it a shot?
What happened last night was f***ing amazing! I came in to practice pumped up. I kept telling myself that I had an endless amount of energy. I did start to feel myself getting tired with my second grappling partner, so I kicked it into high gear. I was amazed at the amount of energy I had. I never thought about saving energy throughout the whole practice. I was screaming lyrics from a new song I liked when everybody else was exhausted. It was an amazing feeling! I left practice feeling pumped and even had a hard time sleeping. I’m going to keep writing the affirmations and wear myself down to the nub after each practice.