How do you overcoming the fear/apprehension?
I know there will be the flamers with the standard pu$$y comments but whatever.
Most people don't like to get punched or get into a fight, some people do, I guess. But for those that don't and are into MMA how do you overcome that feeling, be it practice or the actual fight?
I'm asking because I want to try the sport more to learn the self defense and gain the confidence. Not to just start fights but to be prepared if they happen.
I am the same way! If your really scared of being hit, then that should motivate you 100x more to drill proper defense. Learn offensive takedowns and learn BJJ.
If your not going to stand and strike with someone you NEED to learn how to stand and defend yourself until the opportunity comes for a takedown.
It's not about having fear, but how you deal with your fear.
So if you haven't been in a fight yet or at least in hard full contact sparring, it's hard to say what type of guy you tend to be. But no matter to which category you belong, you can improve the way you react and the way you deal with your fear with: practice. The more you're used to it, the less problems you will have with it. You should spar as intense as you can sustain, not more. Communicate that to your sparring partners. Spar at that intensity for a while and then eventually raise the intensity a bit. At first you will feel uncomfortable, but if it's only a little bit above your comfort level it will help you to get used to it and you will feel good afterwards, because you will feel it as a success to have left your comfort zone. And in that way you go on. Stay at an intensity level for a while until you feel comfortable with it, then eventually make it a little more intense.
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