Many people believe that fighters are unique and special people who are always confident. Most people that I meet ask me don't I get scared? and how can I be so confident walking into the ring?. Many people in this world fear speaking in front of a crowd, so can you imagine how difficult it must be to be fighting against someone in front of a crowd. This risks embarrassment, defeat, and even injury. People view fighters as a breed of humans that are always confidence and never scared. However that confidence is not as it appears. Here are four misconceptions about a fighters confidence.
1. Fighters always feel confident and never get scared.
Before any fighter competes we always get the pre-fight (jitters). You are so nervous that you literally ask yourself why are you doing this? Why are you training so hard, spending all this free time to basically get beat up? The fact is every fighter is very nervous before a fight. Mike Tyson said if you are not nervous then something isn't right. The only time you should be worried is when you are not nervous.
2. The Scarier a fighter looks, the more confident they are and the more likely they are to win.
One of the greatest things in combat sports is that size has no correlation to skill , its got everything to do with how well prepared they are. How hard did they work before the fight and most importantly its not about the size of the dog int he fight; but about the size of the fight in the dog. I have seen many cases fighting down in the states where angry looking guys covered in tattoos are beaten by someone that looks like a university student. Its all about your belief in yourself.
3. Fighters never loose hope, feel pain or doubt themselves.
I can assure you that I feel pain when I get kicked. I can assure you that when I loose a fight, I start to doubt myself. I can also assure u that even before a match I ask myself what are you doing? Why are you doing this to yourself? You might get hurt. So whats the difference?
Fighters embrace this feeling and continue moving forward. We understand that pain, doubt, failure are steps to success that they are there to test how bad we want something.
4. Fighters are always positive.
Fighters are very emotional, especially during training and cutting weight. However, we understand that we have an objective to reach and despite all the difficult work we work through it by having an action plan. When people see a fighter fighting, its not the real representation of him. Its month and month of hard work, of positive.
Coach Patrick Wallace started boxing at the young age of 18. He fought 2 amateur boxing fights prior to making his transition into muay thai. His muay thai career consists of 22 amateur bouts including winning a North American Tournament in 2011 as well as final list in 2013. He works as a case manager for the LOFT Community service where he helps and changes the lives of thousands of individuals struggling with mental health, physical health and other addiction issues. He is also a coach at York Muay Thai where he is responsible for fighter development. He has a degree from York University in social work.