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

 

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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

NAGA Tournament Results: Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver- Posener’s MMA

NAGA Tournament Results: Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver- Posener’s MMA

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

NAGA Tournament Results September 10 ’16: Congratulations to everyone who competed. NAGA attracts some of the best competitors and competing is a challenge in itself. So keep on enjoying the challenge and making big picture progress.

 

 

Adam Posener: Expert – Belt winner, Ayden Arnold: Expert- Silver, Marques Calapiz- Adavanced: Silver, Micah Calapiz: Adavanced- Silver, Kingston Park: Beginner – Silver and Bronze in his first Gi division ( Roll BJJ Partnership), Linh Thuy Diep: Beginner – Gold.

 

 

I will describe in some detail the expert divisions. For Adam this was quite a goal and accomplishment. He competed against two kids who have won multiple tournaments in World Championships. Against Russel the score was 15-0 and against Winter, he locked in, for the first time in competition, an inverted triangle, as a submission flow off the falling/flying armbar series. Ayden, in his no gi expert division, had an incredibly close match against a familiar competitor who he has competed against a couple of times before giving and taking victories. He lost by just one point in a back and forth affair that was highly contested with position changes, submission attempts by Ayden and reversals.  Ayden competed very well. Again, I want to acknowledge all the competitors for stepping up and challenging themselves in this highly competitive arena. I certainly love helping enthusiastic, willing, kids and adults through the martial arts. I feel strongly we have an excellent instructor team and we provide many opportunities for helping people get benefits from mixed martial arts practice on a variety of levels.

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

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Here is some information on our Kids/Youth Pankration/MMA program:

 

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.

Here is our Dojo’s website: http://www.PosenesPankrationmma.com

Here is our Personal TrainingWebsite: http://www.UltimatePersonalTrainingVancouver.com

Francis Tiapis wins Ax Fighting MMA Title: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Francis Tiapis wins Ax Fighting MMA Title: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

 

 

 

 

The New Ax Fighting MMA Champion is Francis Tiapis representing Posener’s MMA Vancouver. Francis wins the title in the second round by rear naked choke submission.  Many members of our team and Instructor team helped Francis get the belt but first, here is what happened. My interpretation is based on memory and I haven’t seen any video of the fight.

 

 

Round 1: The fight was largely on the feet with striking and wrestling. Both fighters exchanged and wrestled for position. Francis had an edge in striking and was able to defend the cage work and put Hunter against the cage. Francis also did some good ground and pound from the top half guard. Unfortunately Francis broke his hand in the first round. The break has been confirmed. It was a good round for both fighters. Francis was ready and Hunter demonstrated he was well versed in the cage and had good experience, as his 15 mma fights would indicate.

 

 

Round 2: I think Francis knew his hand was injured badly and he decided to put the fight on the ground. Hunter was able to maintain guard but Francis was able to pass to half guard, execute ground and pound and then pass guard. Hunter re guarded and the Jiu-Jitsu battle was on. I instructed Francis to pass more strongly and stabilize the north south position, which Hunter utilized his pendulum to re guard and Francis had to battle for another pass and transition to north south position again and he was successful. He then worked to mount, held mount, stabilized mount and during the transitions Francis was able to maintain top position and sink in the rear naked choke for the submission victory and claim the title. It was a very exciting match and huge congratulations to Francis on taking the title with a clean, clear victory. Thank you to Hunter and his team, as they are great competitors and a good group.

 

Special thanks to our awesome instructor team and assistants: Costa Rojas, George Kassimatis, Paul Gibbons, Minna Kim, Victor Tiapis, Gus Rodriquez for the strength and conditioning and all the other members of the school who helped out.. Thank you from Posener’s MMA Vancouver.

 

Here is some information on our Pankration/MMA Vancouver and Submission Wrestling/ Jiu-Jitsu 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: Posener’s Pankration/MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Submission Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Strength and Conditioning

Sanshou Tournament Results for Martial Arts Vancouver: Posener’s MMA

Sanshou Tournament Results for Martial Arts Vancouver: Posener’s MMA 

Sanshou is basically a mix of Wrestling and Kickboxing: Martial Arts Vancouver at Posener’s MMA.

Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

Chris Toews: Gold – Advanced, Gio Platon: Gold – Advanced, Honourable Mention: Richard Ronquillo.

Highlights:

Chris Toews: Wins first round quickly by clean push outs. Second Round also wins cleanly with take downs and strong punching and kicking. and.. spinning backfist. Chris has shown good improvement since his last tournament. His strength was a benefit as well as improved technique.

Gio Platon: 3 awesome matches. Got better as the tournament progressed. Gio is continually improving in performance and attitude. Many clean sweeps, excellent lateral drops, strong advancing straight right and solid low kicks. Final match had difficulty with push outs against a good knowledgeable opponent who held on to avoid being scored upon but Gio  compensated with clean lateral drops as well as speed and power in solid basic Kickboxing. Excellent work.

Richard Ronquillo: Richard lost a close match in a large division. He did well  in his first competition. Again, it was a close match and experience was gained. Good work and improvement. The act of preparing and looking forward to the event certainly helped Richard progress a level.

Here is some information on our Submission Wrestling 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, Martial Arts Vancouver: Posener’s Pankration/MMA, Muay Thai, Sanshou and Strength and Conditiioning