When training for sparring competition, students must work on three skills to enhance their performance:
- Physical skills
- Sparring skills and strategies
- Psychological skills
The most important psychological skill is focus. Internal focus on negative thoughts, future thinking, or fear will create anxiety and lack of confidence will interfere with competition performance. External focus on perfecting skills with detachment from the outcome creates confidence and determination, and performance in the ring becomes automatic and focused on the present moment since the fighter is not focused on ego or self.
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