Notes on Success

How do you measure success? Only one person in your weight division will win at your next tournament. Is that a “true and fair” measure of success for you, your preparation, your coach, or your team?

Start with your goals.

What is your goal? To win the next tournament? What have you done previous to this to prepare you for the tournament? If your answer is “nothing” then your chances of achieveing your goal are decreasing.

Goal setting

Whatever is your primary goal, you will make secondary goals, tertiary goals and so on down. Do not be surprised if you do not attain a higher goal if you did not achieve the lower goal that led onto it.

Primay goals

  1. Win the XXXX Tournament in the YYYY Division, ZZZZ weight class.
    • Make the ZZZZ weight class
      • Weight Control
        • i) – Set a diet to get to you to your weight
        • ii) – Get over feeling hungry
        • iii) – Run 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week
  2. Fitness for 9 x 3 minute rounds
    • Training
      • i) – Train with your club as often as possible
      • ii) – Intensity training done outside of club times
      • iii) – Rest on scheduled rest days, train hard on training days

Gone are the days of the 7 point differential and the 12 point ceiling. In those days, ensuring you were not scored against was important.

These days, the days of the “3 point head shot”, you must not be afraid of having points scored against you- just make sure you try to score more points than your opponent.

Trying a technique on an opponent is no longer dangerous to losing the match. Being able to score on your terms is. Using flowing techniques may leave you open, but may also open your opponent, or drive them back.

What must happen now is concentrating on your match strategy. Everyone is different- different body size, different leg length, different temperament, different strengths, different weaknesses. Your match strategy must match you and your strengths. Trying to score with double round-houses while not having leg strength is not good (not to be frowned on, but not good). Trying to score with turning back kicks when you are not fast enough, or flexible enough is not good. Find your strategy that suits your strengths.

Know your weaknesses. Are you good at moving? Are you happy in the corners? Do you prefer being a chaser or a hunter or the hunted? What don’t you like? Training is where you should make your bad good, your good better, and your better best.