CategoryMental Training

Safely Returning to Exercise after Lockdown 


We understand that some combat athletes at the elite level have had specific access to training facilities during this period of lockdown. For many amateur and recreational athletes, however, the period of isolation has likely restricted training options. As restrictions gradually begin to ease, there are some important points to keep in mind when returning to training to prevent the likelihood...

Goal Setting for 2019 Part 3 – Goal Setting as a Process


Goal Setting for 2019 Part 3 – Goal Setting as a Process In part 1 and 2 we discussed different types of goals as well as the important attributes that goals need to have (read here if you missed these:). However it is not sufficient to merely set a goal and hope for the best. Goal Reassessment Goal-setting needs to be done as a process, not just the act of creating a goal. This is often the area...

Goal Setting for 2019 Part 2 – SMART Goals


In the previous post we discussed the importance of goals and the various types of goals that we can set. If you missed this post, jump back and have a quick look: There are other important considerations when setting goals, and these are often summarised by the acronym SMART. SMART Goals Goals need to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based (the acronym SMART is often...

Goal Setting for 2019 Part 1 – Types of Goals


The start of the year is when most people assess their current performance in whatever aspect of life it is that they wish to improve, and go about setting goals for the year ahead. Goal setting is an essential part of creating an environment in which an athlete can motivate themselves. It is done by all athletes at an informal level, but is often poorly managed and not followed through. Having...

The Importance of Mental Training


The draw for the 50th All Japan open tournament in the Shinkyokushin organisation has just been announced. In my competitive days, viewing the draw was one of the most nerve-racking aspects of the competitive process, seeing the potential match-ups that may occur on the way through the tournament, and imagining how the bouts with specific opponents will play out. Depending on the proximity of the...

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