Mental Toughness in Combat Sports

Mental Toughness in Combat Sports

Stuart Wade

Stuart Wade has won 20 British/British Open/UK titles, three European Championships and four World Championships in Taekwondo and Kickboxing.  In 2014 he was inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine UK Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

His passion for martial arts and the discipline that comes with training for high level competition has led him now into the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and Clinical Hypnotherapist.  He combines the two disciplines with many of his personal training clients to help them achieve their goals.  He firmly believes fitness is as much about your state of mind as it is about the body.  

Stuart also supports athletes, helping them to compete to higher levels and achieve national team selection.  He draws on his experiences of high pressure competitive environments as well as tools from NLP and Hypnosis to help provide his clients with the best solutions.  

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 kick boxing.  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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David Charlton

Online Sports Psychologist who supports Combat Sports Fighters around the world from San Diego to Abu Dhabi, to Johannesburg to Sydney, using ONLINE Video Conferencing.    

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