We've touched on the "Mental Side" of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and specifically MMA with our previous post about Chael Sonnen here. Recently, I was listening to an audio book called The Inner Game of Tennis by Tim Gallwey, trying to pick up tips to apply it to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts.
Psyching yourself out in Tennis is an all too common theme: from being too tense, to too relax, to self doubt. Tennis draws similarities to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in these same respects. There's guys who can pull it off in training but can't pull it off in competition. The proverbial "Gym-Fighter."
Here are my cliffnotes and how it applies to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
1. Separate self 1 from self 2. Self 1 is your conscious mind. Self 2 is your body. Trust self 2 to perform the moves, be conscious of self 1's talk.
2. Quiet the mind. Remove judgement. There's no good or bad, just what is. Live in the present. Focus on the moment by noticing the details: your opponent's weight, his tenseness, your grip, your breathing.
3. Feel the move. Self 2 (your body) has a hard time remembering words but it'll remember the feel. Thus, you need to drill a lot. While drilling, practice staying relaxed, breathing, noticing your opponent's weight, etc.
4. Visualize successful outcomes. Imagery works better than words.
5. Don't be attached to fruit of victories, non-attachment makes winning more likely since you'll be relaxed under pressure.
6. If ever you stray, focus back in the now.
Let me know if you have other resources that I should check out that talks about the mental side of competition.