The biggest benefit a martial artist gets from competing in a martial arts tournament is developing the courage to face fear.
“Fear” rears its ugly head in many ways. Butterflies in the stomach. Negative thoughts of dropping your weapon, tripping over your own feet or feeling as if your feet are stuck in molasses while sparring; or thinking that everyone else in the building will notice you and pass judgment on you as a martial artist.
All of these things could be labeled under “fear”. But, there is an old self improvement expression about the word “fear” and what the letters stand for; here it is…
False Expectations Appearing Real
When you feel fear, many times it is associated with all the negative pictures and thoughts you have running through your head – many of which are of future events that haven’t happened yet. When you let your mind run wild with these negative thoughts and pictures, you feel afraid.
Part of competition is facing these fears – facing these negative thoughts and picture you have in your head – and proving them wrong. By facing your fears and making yourself compete – in SPITE of the fact that you might feel afraid or nervous – you get stronger mentally, emotionally and physically.
Once you develop this skill, you can apply to every area of your life. Think about a situation in your life that has happened recently where you felt “fear” or were nervous or tentative. Imagine what you would have looked like and how the outcome may have been different if you went into that same situation completely fearless, free of nervousness or tension.
Would the outcome have been different? What about the entire experience itself – would it have been more enjoyable?
By developing the personal power of being able to face your fears and perform anyway, it can truly change your life for the better.
In this short video, Master Dennis Brookman shares how he faced his fears, nerves and negative thinking and how competing in the tournaments changed his life forever…