Please Help! If u train please read!


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May 6, 2008
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Hi guys, I need some help in regards to an assignment I have. I realise that this may seem out of place on these forums, but read on. I'm in the middle of a construction degree at UWS in Australia and for some retarded reason we have a psychology subject as part of the syllabus.

As part of the thesis we have to do, we have to test psychological theories through the use of surveys, and we were allowed to focus on any area we like as long as we can show the relevance. So I have chosen combat sports, with focus on submission wrestling and MMA. Anyway, I was wondering if those who have trained/do train in any MMA/grappling would be able to complete a survey I have done. It seems off the wall but is designed to see what theories of learning seem to help combatants the best.

I appreciate any help you guys and give me.
BTW i posted this in the conditioning section since it relates to overall mental conditioning, i couldn't see anywhere else that was relevant.

Here is the survey: Just answer truthfully and pick the most correct option for u on the questions which have choices. thanks again:

1- What do you do in terms of training before and in between competition? Or just describe typical training.

2- Does you mindset effect how you perform whilst training and/or competing?

3- What made you DECIDE to compete/train?
E.g.; you thought it would be fun, you felt like you were a natural, you felt like you were better than most others, etc.

4- In competition/sparring, whether it is BJJ, MMA, etc, have you ever done something you were never particularly taught, but just picked up along the way. Like a unique submission or uniquely approached an opponent? Something like that?

5- Have you ever lost to someone in competition but were able to beat them in a rematch? If so, give a brief description of what was different about you the next time. (I don
52 views and not a single reply? I'm gonna do the survey here and see how long it takes...

1- A few hours a day (5-6 days a week) of sparring, drills and technique. that includes cardio and resistance training as well.

2- Sometimes I am mentally drained and will be more likely to be submitted or get stuck/mounted because "i just cant be bothered" but i know i can do better than what i display.

3- I've always meant to do it as I really enjoy watching mma, so I figured why not give it a go.

4- I used a sweep one time that is actually quite common but i was never taught i "came up with it on the spot" based i what i already knew.

5- There are several guys i train with that cannot dominate me in rolling they could when i first started, I attribute this training more, but also I'm not using the same approaches that many still do (force instead of technique)

6- a typical session for me is A

7- 5 (agree)

8- 4 (somehwat agree)

9- 4 (somewhat agree)

10- 1 (disagree)

11- 5 (agree)

12- 5 (agree)

13- C

14- 10-15

15- a) 21
b) Male
c) Sydney
d) 3 months of actual training

That took 6 minutes and 41 seconds, please guys if anyone has time give it a go.
1) for about a month after competition i still train and do conditioning/weight training, but not to the extent i would do it in preperation for a fight. i usually start training hard a month before competition, since i compete at a weight class smaller than my everyday weight i focus on interval training and improving my cardio rather than strength training. i do 1-2 workouts a day in prep for a fight

2. your mindset has a huge effect on your training. you are constantly trying to talk yourselves in to doing certain things and not doing others. in my opinion it is a very mentally challengin period. nervousness,anxiety, irratablity etc

3. i was a fat lazy slob that had an epiphany one day. ive always had to struggle/fight for everything in life( long sob story i'll spare you the details) and i learned to take pleasure in fighting. i also figure it would help achive other goals in life.

4. nothing comes to mind bro

5. never in competition. in sparring training i dont bring a very competative nature. i usued to get my ass whipped by a few higher ranking guys, but now i can hang with them

6. warm ups (skipping shadowboxing)

7. question doesnt make sense

8. agree in terms of learning that technique

9 agree

10 disagree, if i win im gettin shitfaced and eating chicken fingers in the long run after i get my laziness out of the way it motivates me to make it happen again

11. agree

12.agree, however fighting and winning are a high priority

13 c

14 in MMA 7 or 8
SnP- 4-5
conditioning depends on how far away a fight is.2-3 in off season 6-10 in fight prep

15 age 24
amatuer ive only been training in MMA for about 18 months or so?
muay thai and pankration/ submission wrestling
1- Before I blew my knee it was anywhere between 2 and 4 hours of BJJ 5 days a week. I was lifting weights 3-4 times a week for 1-2 hours per session. It has been considerally cut back until my knee fully heals though.

2- Yes the midset you enter a contest or even training greatly affects how you perform in that event.

3- I decided to train simply because I enjoy competition and it was just another way to get my fix.

4- haha one of my buddies and I created a sub that only works if you have dislocated your shoulder before. It doesn't really hurt, but reminds you of the feeling right before it popped out. It almost never works though lol.

5- This has happened quite a few times to me. The reason range from inexperience to just not really being into the match that day. As for a specific....I had my back taken, defended the choke, but had my arm taken in the process. Next time we rolled he tried the same thing and I just went out the back door when he went to take my arm.

6- Actually Cobra Kai was mostly technique than sparring. Drills once a week (Wens for two and a hour hours.....).

5- Agree

3- Neutral

5- Agree

5- Agree

5- Agree

5- Agree

b) experience

14- It used to be as high as 14 of just BJJ.

15- What is your: a) 28
b) Male
c) WA until my knee heals and I can move back to Sin City
d) 2 years or so all together
e) BJJ....some kickboxing and judo
Thanx alot so far guys, much appreciated!

Any others?

@andrewbc... Perhaps i worded question 7 a little poorly, its asking if u basicaly agree that sparring helps u improve.
1- Before I dislocated my shoulder I was training karate twice a week as well as bjj and was in the gym 5 days a week. Don't think I'll be training any more often until uni's over

2- Yes, if I'm feeling good, I train/roll a lot better

3- I thought it would be fun and challenging and I enjoy watching martial arts.

4- Yes, it happens a fair bit, we'll be rolling and a technique seems to just happen or it seems like the right thing to do. I also pick up bits from watching other people

5- Yes, I don't think I could give a good description though.

6- A

7- 5

8- 3

9- 5

10- 5


12- 5

13- C

14- Including lifting and time in the gym about 11 hours a week

15- What is your: a) 19
b) male
c) Sydney
d) Brown belt - karate, only been training BJJ for about 3 or so months, missed my first grading due to my shoulder
e) Karate/BJJ

btw sssleeper, where abouts do you train, I was looking for a good MMA school in Sydney, you training in concord?
thanx for the help there Sconse.

I train in at PMA in Menai with Henry Perez. He teaches BJJ and has studied muay thai, hapkido and tae kwon do... And while I have no basis for comparison, he does a real good job of blending them.
Ah ok, yeh Menai is a bit too far for me to travel. I wish there were more good martial arts schools in Australia
Ah ok, yeh Menai is a bit too far for me to travel. I wish there were more good martial arts schools in Australia

Sorry mate, but before I get too far off topic, i dunno if u know that Elvis Sinosic has a school in concord on Majors Bay Rd. Dunno if its any good, but at least u know ur instructor will be decent lol..