We had two massive competitive events in a 24 hour span this past weekend. While the team overall did a great job, we ran into some issues dealing with pressure on the whole.
Sure, becoming so strong and powerful that you can basically crash through every obstacle is a great way to win matches. But it’s neither the most effective, nor the most efficient (don’t get me wrong, still work on being the most powerful, fast-paced killer out there — it is well worth the investment).
One of the highest arts in combat sports is to have the ability to read and counter your opponent. This requires precise technique, impeccable timing, and nerves of steel. You will figuratively have to stare down the barrel of the gun and react at the very last second.
This approach requires a level of comfort accepting weight and pressure as well. Our natural instincts guide us to push back when pushed — but a high level athlete will pull with a precise amount of force and direction when pushed, essentially “flowing with the go.”
This is why the development of sound defensive principles and composure is so integral to high level combat skills. When you have unshakable trust in your defense, your attention can be shifted from reactive acts of self preservation to proactive strategies instead.
The process of developing this level of flow is not an easy one. It’s uncomfortable. It’s often demoralizing. But the payoff is huge.
And if you want to be the best competitor you can be, it’s required.