4 Ways to Build Mental Toughness for Martial Arts Vancouver

4 Ways to Build Mental Toughness for Martial Arts Vancouver

4 Ways To Build Your Mental Toughness In Martial Arts

Mental toughness – the one thing that helps the greatest martial artists persevere through their darkest hours, whether in the ring, cage, or on the mats. It is what gives them that extra dose of energy when they can barely stand. It is what helps them face any challenge and solve any problem that might come their way. It is also how they are able to put their emotions aside and remain focused on what’s truly important – the present moment. Besides that, it is something that is built over time, slowly, by making themselves uncomfortable and pushing past all thresholds.

As a martial artist yourself, there’s no doubt that you’re looking to level up. You want to improve yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to become the best martial artist you could be. If you’re wondering how to do so, look no further. Today,

 

4 Ways To Build Your Mental Toughness In Martial Arts:

 

 

1) Drill before and after class 

 

When you get to training, it’s nice to hang out with teammates before class and just talk. Same thing goes for after training – it’s nice to hang out with people who understand you. After all, making friends is part of martial arts. However, choosing to drill instead will certainly help you develop your mental toughness. Even though you’d much rather relax or take it easy before and after a grueling class, drilling is a painful yet strategic option. Not only will doing drills help you improve your techniques, it will also test your dedication further.

 

2) Do more repetitions than necessary

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BJJ Champion Gamal Hassan trains with 4x US Olympic Judoka at the Evolve Fighters Program.

When your instructor asks you to do 10 repetitions of a certain technique, do you follow what he says? Or do you push yourself a few extra more repetitions because there’s more time to do them? If you want to test your mental toughness, doing more repetitions than your instructor asks of you (time permitting, of course) will certainly do it. Some students struggle with completing just 10. If you can do more repetitions, why not do so? It will only help you improve in the long run.

 

3) Spar against your nemesis 

 

WBA Boxing World Champion and ONE Superstar Yodsanan Sityodtong trains hard at the Evolve MMA Fighters Program.

WBA Boxing World Champion and ONE Superstar Yodsanan Sityodtong trains hard at the Evolve MMA Fighters Program.

 

Whether we’d like to admit it or not, we all have our nemesis in training. Maybe it’s someone you’ve started training together more or less at the same time and for some reason, techniques that seem to work easily on other partners aren’t working at all with this person. Or perhaps it’s someone that you just can’t beat or someone that keeps on beating you. Whatever your reason for branding this person as your nemesis, you need to let go and start sparring him/her. If you want to level up in training, you must embrace every challenge – without exceptions.

 

4) Use a new technique in sparring

 

The americana lock is also known as the bent armlock, keylock, top wristlock, figure four armlock in catch wrestling, and ude garami in judo.

The americana lock is also known as the bent armlock, keylock, top wristlock, figure four armlock in catch wrestling, and ude garami in judo.

 

We all have certain techniques we’re comfortable with. These are the techniques that are a surefire bet to our success in sparring because we’ve done them over and over again and we’re confident in them. What we don’t realize is that by doing so, we’re preventing ourselves from learning more. Staying in our comfort zones is detrimental to our improvement because we aren’t challenging ourselves. Before we know it, we’ve been taken over by our peers. Instead, we should push ourselves to use new techniques, at least once or twice, during sparring. Yes, you might lose, but pick yourself up afterward and work on your mistakes. Doing so will inevitably turn these mistakes into newfound favorite techniques — trust us!

 

The road to success in martial arts is never straightforward or easy. It’s full of challenges that force you to make a choice between quitting and pushing through. These crossroads separate the mentally tough from the mediocre. In order to become the best martial artist we could be, we need to overcome our weaknesses and look at our failures straight in the eye. We need to keep on pushing ourselves to the limit. This is the only way to take our martial arts journey to the next level.

I hope you consider these important points, train hard, ask questions and make great progress.

Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

 

Here is our website: www.PosenersPankrationmma.com

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Last Warrior Tourney Results Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver: Posener’s MMA

Last Warrior Tourney Results Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver: Posener’s MMA

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Here are the results from the Inaugural Last Warrior Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver: Artin Nazari: Gold, Micah Calapiz: Gold in his first Gi tournament after 2 lessons with our Roll BJJ Partnership. 4 matches and 4 submissions.  and Honorable Mention in No Gi against good competition and questionable calls, which happen on occasion. Also, Nikolas Kristiansen: Gold, Rodean Nazari: Silver, Marques Calapiz: Bronze in Gi also after 2 lessons in Gi with the Roll BJJ partnership in expert competition, which was very well done and a Silver in the No Gi division, Chloe Phan got a bronze in her first competiton, well done Chloe, and Ayden Arnold: Bronze medal in a strong division.

Great job everybody who competed. I am proud to have coached you and I look forward to greater progress and potentials actualized.

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

 

There will be more pics on our facebook group site… eesh.

 

Here is some information on our Kids Pankration/MMA program for Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

 

Vancouver’s Premier Mixed Martial Arts school for children and youths.


With special attention given to motor skill development, mental focusing attributes, and children’s inherent capabilities. Youth kickboxing Vancouver Children’s and Teen classes are designed to emphasize:

– DISCIPLINE – RESPECT – CONFIDENCE DEVELOPMENT – SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT

The development of these qualities and principals are given extra attention because they build a strong foundation in the three battles: the Mind, the Body, and the Spirit.If developed properly, then success is assured.

We engage in a brief zazen meditation at the beginning of each class to become present, focused and prepared for what is to come in the class, and, at the end of class, we meditate briefly to lock in the experiences, center our energy, and commit to continuing making progress. As a regular practice to enhance learning, we also repeat strongly the Tenets of the School, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit, at the end of each class to solidify the development of these qualities for Kids Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver.

 

Our Qualification Code, which is a form to be filled out by the parent and student for advancement in rank, for Kids MMA Vancouver at Posener’s Pankration/MMA and Muay Thai, highlights that respect and school achievement, in addition to the development of combative skills in mixed martial arts, are highly valued, esteemed and developed.

 

The development of equanimity of spirit is also given special attention in order to deal with challenges well; especially in regards to winning and losing. The attributes of effort, determination, skill development and spirit are given special attention, as these qualities will lead to enduring success. The goal of truly doing one’s best, regardless of outcome, especially in regards to some combative sport applications, is given priority to help develop progress, growth and character. The consistent and continuous goal of making progress in all areas, both on the mat and off, will help develop a student’s full long term potential for Kids/Youth MMA Vancouver at Posener’s Pankration/MMA and Muay Thai.

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Posener’s Pankration/ MMA Vancouver Test Results: October 14 ’16

Posener’s Pankration/ MMA Vancouver Test Results: October 14 ’16

Congratulations: Francis Tiapis – Blue Belt, Victor Tiapis – Blue Belt, Julian Paul – Blue Belt, Jimmy Kajal – Blue Belt, Jonathan Chan – Green Belt, Andrew Devlin – Green belt, Kenny Lush – Orange Belt, Richard Ronquillo – Yellow Belt, Nigel Chan – Yellow belt, Linh Thuy Diep – Yellow belt,

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

Great work everyone! Your progress is based on attendance, performance and attitude. This should act as a stimulant for further progress and an example for others to succeed.

Here is some information on our Submission Wrestling program, as it relates to our MMA Vancouver program.

Vancouver’s ultimate Submission Wrestling training for: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Self Defense, Fitness, Mental Discipline and Sport.

Our Submission Wrestling classes utilize techniques adapted from free-style wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu – BJJ Vancouver, “Catch-as-catch-can” (Folk American wrestling), Catch Wrestling, Shoot wrestling, Sambo, and Judo. These techniques are modified to be applicable for Pankration, MMA fighting (Mixed Martial Arts) and Submission wrestling as a sport. Our submission wrestling classes are a subsection of our Pankration curriculum.

It is the blending of our striking within the grappling context that makes our style unique and distinctive.
Whether it is the blending of striking and grappling to and from clinching, to take-downs, to ground fighting with submissions, our style is geared towards practicality.

Since our style and curriculum has a broad range of techniques, the individual student has the ability and potential to express their skills to the fullest degree.

Our classes provide an excellent physical workout developing muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio vascular fitness and flexibility. In the process of training and getting in great shape, the student will be learning techniques that are useful for self-defence and sport.

Our classes are taught by experienced martial artists emphasizing discipline and respect with the aim of helping the student achieve their goals while enjoying the process and developing camaraderie. Many of the students and instructors have been successful using the school’s style in pankration/mixed martial arts and submission wrestling competition.

Here is our website link: www.PosenersPankrationmma.com

Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver Results: Posener’s MMA

Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver Results: Posener’s MMA 

Kickboxing Vancouver

Kickboxing Vancouver

Huge Congratulations to the Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing students who moved up a level! : Sanjay Kajal: Level 8, Heidi Vincent: Level 4, Charlie Pratt: Level 2, Filisa Terribile: Level 2, Abramo Terribile: Level 2,  Brian Bevilacqua: Level 1, Nik Buechert: Level 1, Gustavo Correa: Level 1, Diego Ortegon: Level 1, Kyle Hayes: Level 1, Ash Tanisychuk: Level 1, Lui Tonin: Level 1, and John Zador: Level 1. 

Great work! Keep up the progress and maintenance, which can be construed as progress, based on natural tendencies to atrophy.

Kickboxing Vancouver

Kickboxing Vancouver

Here is some information on our Kickboxing Vancouver program types:

ickboxing Vancouver


We have two types of Kickboxing programs at our school:

Muay Thai Kickboxing and Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing.

Here is a brief description of the two programs and their differences:

Muay Thai Kickboxing:

Our traditional Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver program develops the main benefits of Self Defense, Fitness, Mental Discipline and Sport. Our Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver program utilizes techniques and principles from the Thai tradition, Dutch Kickboxing methods, Japanese methods and principles, and concepts and techniques from Western Boxing. Our style, which has been taught by Simon Posener, who has been training for almost 35 years and teaching full time for 25 years, is constantly evolving and improving, as that is our original goal. The desire to grow, evolve and improve is constant.  The instructors are experienced, personable, knowledgeable and have a passion for teaching the art and improving teaching methods and techniques. We have a long history of producing excellent mixed martial artists and champions of Muay Thai Kickboxing and Pankration / MMA.

 

One of the main differences between the Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver program and the Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver program is the application of progressive levels of contact sparring, which occurs in the traditional class. Stylistically, the classes are similar. The traditional Muay Thai class is Fitness and Combat intensive. The Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing class is more Fitness and technique intensive and less sparring intensive.

 

In the Traditional class once a student learns the A,B,C’s of defense, which are the  basic defenses from the main strikes used in Muay Thai, which are very important for developing confidence, the basic footwork patterns, and the execution of the basic strikes and clinches, a student will learn progressive levels of contact sparring. Sparring is a requirement for progress in the system. At the beginning levels the sparring is light to medium contact and at the advanced levels a student will participate in full contact, full Muay Thai sparring. Individual differences are considered in the timing and onset of sparring. Progress is also based on the individual, as everyone is unique in their goals and challenges,  and they are compared to their own progress.  Once a student is comfortable with the basics and has a desire to spar, with instructor approval, a graduated method will be started. The benefits of sparring are many. A student will learn to handle pressure of various types, develop physical and mental discipline,  and get a great workout. The pressure from contact sparring is also very important in application of self defense techniques, which are also a part of the curriculum. Self defense applications are taught within the classes and other classes within the school. Also, the Muay Thai sparring will benefit the competitive aspect of Muay Thai Kickboxing, Western Kickboxing, Shootboxing, Sanshou and Pankration/MMA.

 

Our goal in the training is to develop the technique and spirit of the art to the highest level, build camaraderie, and develop a student’s full, balanced, personal potential.

 

We are offering a free week trial at the school, so you can try us out and see how we can benefit you and help you achieve your goals, or simply enroll today

 

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Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing

The Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver program develops the main benefits of Self Defense, Fitness and Mental Discipline. This program is stylistically the same as the traditional Muay Thai Kickboxing class but does not have the goal of hard contact sparring or direct Sport application. However, many of the competitors and students who participate in the traditional Muay Thai Kickboxing program also participate in the Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing class because it is an excellent workout and will, without question, improve fitness levels and will provide an opportunity for further skill development. The classes are less formal, done to music, and do not have the pressure of full contact sparring. It is a focused class with the goal of developing skills and peak fitness levels. Advancement in the program is based on a progressive 10 level system. Students advance in the curriculum based on attendance, which is the most important aspect especially within the beginning levels, skill development, and personal fitness level improvements. The advancement of the student is based on their own progress, as everyone has unique challenges and goals.

 

The classes are a high energy explosive workout. The training will develop cardio vascular fitness, aerobic and anaerobic,  muscular strength and muscular endurance, flexibility, burn fat, and improve energy levels. There will not be contact free sparring. We will, however, utilize: sharp shooting techniques, which are non contact, one step sparring, interactive drills and, for more advanced students, semi-free sparring. There is also a self defense component taught specifically, which includes self defense applications of Muay Thai Kickboxing and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu.

 

There are many goals which can be obtained in the Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver classes. We emphasize an effective workout utilizing Muay Thai Kickboxing techniques to get the student in the best shape they can. We also provide free nutritional counselling, upon request, and provide diet tips to teach the relationship of a healthy lifestyle and diet on mental and physical fitness levels.  As we work together in the class in a spirit of growth and progress, the goal is to make progress on many levels, get results, have fun and make friends.

 

We are offering a free week trial at the school, so you can try us out and see how we can benefit you and help you achieve your goals, or simply enroll today. 

 

Self Defense Vancouver Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver Self Defense Vancouver

Belt Test Results: Posener’s Pankration/ Kids Martial Arts Vancouver

Belt Test Results: Posener’s Pankration/ Kids Martial Arts Vancouver

Kids Martial Arts Vancouver

Kids Martial Arts Vancouver

Congratulations: Ben Beaulieu: Purple Belt, Chloe Phan: Orange Belt, Kingston Park: Orange Belt, Kameron Lum: Yellow belt, Emini Arnold: Yellow Belt, Tabitha Tan: Yellow Belt, Ronin Sharma: Yellow Belt, Arjun Sharma: Yellow Belt,

Stripe testing: Naomi Wolf: Red belt 1st stripe, Nikolas Kristiansen: Blue belt 1st stripe, Marques Calapiz: Green belt 1st stripe, Micah Calapiz: Green belt 1st stripe, Ernesto Lepore: 4th stripe Purple belt, Aryan Kalia: 4th stripe Purple belt, Rodin Nazari: 4th stripe Purple belt, Artin Nazari: 4th stripe Purple belt,  Hunter Mannes: 1st stripe Purple belt, Tyson Quan: 1st stripe Orange Belt,

Huge Congratulations on those who tested and made progress!!! OSU!

1st stripe: striking, 2nd stripe: wrestling, 3rd stripe: Jiu-Jitsu, 4th stripe Pankration/MMA sparring.

Here is an article on the Purpose of Testing:

The Purpose of Testing for Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver.

The Purpose of Testing for Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver

The Purpose of Testing

 

  • Progress Check:- To pinpoint areas of strengths and weaknesses. To learn to turn the weakness into strengths and to make the strong points stronger.
  • Provide Reinforcement:-  (internally and externally) Internally, personal satisfaction upon achievement and externally, the receipt and status of belt and certificate.
  • Teaches Goal Setting and Achievement:- Discipline and Application of martial concepts are needed. “To plan your work and work your plan.”
  • Rules: 1. All start at the bottom
  • 2. Everyone works
  • 3. Nothing is Free.
  • Counterpoint: “Training is its own reward.”

Purpose of Test

By James Keating

 

We have testing because we wish to go beyond the normal levels of skill. To undergo such rigors is symbolic of fighting for one’s very life. An ancient ritual of survival where one earns the right to exist and enter into a lifelong struggle for self-perfection and enlightenment. When each test is successfully completed we do not see an end, but rather a beginning. A new starting point for our inner-selves. Every test is separate and unique. To compare tests is to miss the basic premise of the martial arts. The “individual spirit” must always be placed before the physical and mental limitations. We are taught to have personal and social balance; to stand with confidence and poise. This individuality is what eventually leads to mastery, a process of self-realization. One should always train hard with control and respect. We are being tested on many levels besides just the conquering of foes.

 

Testing is not always a physical matter, sometimes it is a “right of passage” via daily life. Look deeply into your concepts of rank, testing and related endeavors. Win, lose, pass or fail you must conduct yourself in a manner befitting a warrior at all times. Whether testing or being tested, you need only to practice with all your being and nothing shall come between you and your dream.

Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver

Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver

Here is a link to our website:Posener’s Pankration/MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Submission Wrestling/Jiu-jitsu, Cardio Kickboxing and Weapons