"Mike Miller- I have my Team Quest shirt on, and I just listened to "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor," would you consider me MMA??? Lol"
Very good. Now go watch an episode of Ultimate Fighter and you will be on your way.
Now to the seriousness:
I noticed that you had a pre-framed mindset of not really thinking you could win the fight. Now, there is a difference between having a false mindset (ego, cocky attitude, the "I can take anybody, I can not be knocked out" MMA stuff you hear all the time) and confidence that you can do it.
I have always believed the old adage, "If you think you can, and you think you can't, you are right."
How we think programs how we respond. Does this mean that I will always succeed if I think I can? No, but you will succeed much more and you will live a much more prosperous life. How we think determines how we feel. How we feel determines how we act. How we act determines our destiny.
We must always have a humble heart, an open mind and a calm spirit understanding that anything can happen at any time. If we are stepping into the ring, we must program ourselves to believe that we have already won. If we lose, we learn from it.
I don't like sport fighting. I train for reality. As an aside, however, I was a wrestler for twelve years and coached for 4 years. I didn't wrestle in college because I decided against it. I was also a USABF certified amatuer boxer. I know what it is like to fight in the ring (it's quite the rush).
I never lost in boxing (short 2 year career) in the ring. I got my butt handed to me a few times with my sparring partners, however. It was quite discouraging at times. As for wrestling, I lost a lot--more than I won. I only had a few breakout years. My best year was my senior year where the state champion only beat me by 3 points.
As for the streets, I can only remember losing one fight and that was when I was like ten years old. I fought with a neighbor kid at the park. He punched me in the ear and we began wrestling with each other. I told him that I gave up. So I wasn't beat up, but I verbally told him, "I give up." We became friends after that.
That was the main reason why I started Kenpo. I felt like a complete gonad. Ever since I began Kenpo I have always had the upper hand in any situation I have encountered. That includes five years as a bouncer and three years as a Child Protective Services worker (going into homes and taking children away and such--very heated situations at times).
I hate fighting, but I prepare myself for the streets everyday and it starts with the mind. I firmly believe mindset (attitude), intent and spirit coupled with our physical skills are what make us successful on the streets--not just our physical abilities.
Michael Miller, CKF
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