Does MMA actually “Dissolve the ego”

No, not really, well yes sometimes…

 

No, MMA Doesn’t Dissolve the ego because…

  • You never really see a humble jits guy, sharing a meme or video about how great wrestling or striking is, do you?
    Jiu Jitsu is part of their identity, and therefore their ego.
  • If it were true, wouldn’t Wanderlai Silva be Buddha?
    Well, he’s not. A lot of MMA fighters are hyper-aggressive and competitive; with zero emotional intelligence. ¬†In the right environment, MMA training only perpetuates this.

 

Yes, MMA Does Dissolve the ego because…

  • Most people, at least to begin with, will have to go through getting submitted constantly, getting beaten up in ‘stand-up’ sparring and generally have their ego endure a pounding. A lot of people end up giving up at this point.
  • A good coach will emphasise that training is for learning and not competing¬†and that people should put themselves in ‘bad’ positions and in places that they’re not comfortable. ¬†This will help them develop as fighters and also they’ll have to suppress their own ego. Awesome.
  • When fighters start taking sport psychology seriously, they’re likely to read up on meditation and visualisation. ¬†Kyle Kingsbury said that he even got into psychedelics (often associated with separation from the ego) when reading up on psychology to help him improve as a fighter.
  • Just because of the Joe Rogan Podcast

 

 

About Drew

MMA, Fitness & Marketing enthusiast from North Wales, UK. A Stoic Hippy with no hair. Not to boast but - 1st Class Degree in Sports Science from Loughborough, MSc in Nutrition from the University of Liverpool. 20 years experience of weight & fitness training.
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