In an article for MMA Weekly, Carlos Condit was quoted as saying:
I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been, my skills are exactly where they need to be, I’m in a really good place mentally. Yeah, I would not want to fight me right now, that’s for sure.
I couldn't help but think of when I've felt that way at the peak of my training camps, about how I've watched women leave self-defense courses and feel that statement in their bones, about the inspiring story of Austin in the latest Gracie BulleyProof video.
In that video Rener Gracie said: "The more you learn how to fight, the less likely you'll need to."
Boom. Although Carlos Condit is an actual sport fighter and his attitude applies directly to his sport, there are so many indirect applications of that statement, so many ways in which that MMA mindset can be applied to life in peaceful, positive and non-confrontational ways.
Austin was learning to fight so that he could avoid fights in the future. He was learning to fight so that the fight going on inside him - of self-confidence vs. doubt - could cease. And he was learning to fight so that if ever a bully did approach him he would best be able to neutralize the situation be it through mental or, the last option, physical means.
When we speak of MMA fitness we must also address the ways in which all of us - the general public - can take positive lessons from the sport and apply them to our own lives. After all, "fitness" from a biological standpoint is simply about having the ability to survive in a given environment.
When in your life have you felt as confident as Carlos Condit? How did you reach that point? What people were you surrounded with in your life? How can you get to that point again? How might you be able to feel that same feeling but in an entirely different aspect of your life?
Carlos Condit will step into the ring against Martin Kampmann in the coming hours. Let it entertain you. But may the bout and the stories behind it help fuel your new directions with confidence.