As practitioners of all sorts of martial arts, from Muay Thai, to Boxing, JiuJitsu, and others, we always come to a point where we hit a huge wall. And sometimes, we let those walls get the best of us, without even realizing that all we need is a little bit of motivation to help us get over such obstacles.
If you’re facing such a wall right now, don’t worry as these motivational tips from successful pro fighters are sure to pump you up!
1. “Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee
There’s no shame in failure and most especially, there’s no shame in trying your best. Instead, what’s shameful is to aim low and settle for less. Always aim high because even if you fail, you’ll always learn something valuable in return.
2. “Everybody’s got a game plan, until they get hit!” – Mike Tyson and Cro Cop
Both fighters were confident in their skills enough that many viewed them as arrogant. But no, their disposition comes from the confidence they have that they can always knock the other guy out, as evidenced by this iconic quote of theirs.
If you plan on going pro anytime soon, you must remember that even when against a well-prepared opponent, the only sure chance that you’ll lose is if you don’t try to win.
3. “We gon’ float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. AH! Rumble, young man rumble! AH!”- Bundini
While the quote was made famous by Muhammad Ali, it was actually Bundini, Ali’s trainer, who said this iconic phrase. And, it’s hard to contest just why this is considered by many as one of boxing’s best known of all time.
It’s a phrase that emphasizes speed, power and ferocity. More importantly, it’s a phrase that has inspired and will probably continue to inspire, not just boxers, but fighters from all fields and walks of life.
4. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi
This is proof that even Mahatma Gandhi, considered as the first great modern pacifist, knew that you had to sometimes for something very important in your life to prove a point.
5. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee
Again, another quote from Bruce Lee and it’s definitely something to think about, especially for those who aspire to become professional fighters.
Remember, when practicing, it’s not always about the number of moves you know how to execute. Rather, it’s about the number of moves you’ve mastered that really counts when fighting.
Striving to be good at a certain sport is not easy.
For those who are aspiring to become professional NakMuays, or MMA fighters, or basically, any other professional fighter out there, may these tips help motivate you to keep on training and doing what it is that you do best.