UFC fighter Erick Silva talks about the feeling of stepping in the ring, and the importance of practicing and repeating simple positions.
Focus for fighting:
"The feeling I have when I'm backstage and I go into the Octagon is a feeling that all fighters have. There is a certain adrenaline -- the fighter who says that they're not feeling adrenaline or that fear for good, a positive fear... If you take fear away from the person, they lose that spirit of defense, and that can be bad. Having fear sometimes is good, and, of course, you must control your fear. Fear makes you more alert, more focused, and leaves you more focused on the positions you may use in the fight."
"And my message to people starting out now and who have that competition adrenaline is precisely this: training a lot and focus. If you are fighting in a championship, and you know you haven't trained enough, you will have those doubts. You have to kill those doubts so that, when you step on the mat, you know that you've done it all and no one could have trained better than you. And you go there just to show and affirm all you went through in your training. That is what I advise to people who are starting out and to my students, who are going to compete a lot. Nothing more than experience, for you to fill yourself with experience and new things so that you get there and the championship isn't something new, but routine instead."
Importance of repetition:
"It's in the basic positions that we learn most. I think repetition, you training day in and day out, is the most important thing. You leaving it engraved, automatic, so that, when you get to a championship or a big event, the situation arising to do the position, you know what to do -- it won't be something new. You practice that every day, several times. It is the most basic positions that work with perfection -- you training all the time, every day, detail by detail."
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