Aftermath of a loss!!

It has been a while since I last updated my blog, for which I apologise, a lot has happened since my last post. First off Team England went out to Rostov in Russia to take on Team Russian Legion in the M1 Challenge semi finals. Unfortunately for us, the Team lost 4-1 against a highly skilled team who came out with a clear game plan to use against us. I took on the UFC veteran Ansar Chalangov. He came out to take me down, which is what I expected, we got tangled in the ropes a little, so the ref pulled us off. At this point he got the takedown, I went for a triangle setup and he dived for a heel hook and cranked!! Game over for me!!

Now a loss to every fighter sucks arse and it is one of the hardest things for us to get over. Your first feelings are of quitting and being embarrassed about letting everyone down that has helped and trained you. This is the hardest part to overcome! and to be honest there have been times in my career where these thoughts have been allowed to run away with themselves and I have nearly packed it all in. Fighters have to realise that there has to be a winner and loser within the contest and MMA is a sport with a hell of a lot of ways to lose!! If you take a look at the champions at the top of the sport nearly all have tasted defeat and the age-old adage of you learn more from a loss than a win is true. You have to pick yourself up get back in the gym, analyse where you went wrong and try and patch up that hole in your game. It is an never ending learning process!

The use of a sports psychologist and NLP experts have helped me considerably, especially after a loss and they are something every fighter should be using. The mental aspect of the sport makes a large percent of the game and yet fighters neglect to train this aspect! would you neglect to train your boxing but still think you can slip a shot, counter then pivot off?? No, so why is it fighters feel that the mental side of a fight is so important yet neglect to train it!! Go out find yourself a decent sports psychologist/NLP expert read some books and build yourself a mental training program. Here are a couple I would recommend to get you started:

http://www.starmindcoaching.co.uk/

http://www.louiseellis.com/

Some books to read:

Mind Gym – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mind-Gym-Athletes-Guide-Excellence/dp/0071395970/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257790958&sr=8-4

The Complete Guide to Sport Motivation – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Guide-Sport-Motivation-Guides/dp/0713674652/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257791194&sr=1-1

Like I said at the start a lot has happened since my last post. I have started my class at factory BJJ, which I will discuss in a separate blog, and launched my website www.12gaugemma.com check it out!

For now

12 Gauge signing off!!

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