“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.” - Lao Tzu


ZEN-ITH MENTAL PERFORMANCE TRAINING is a programme of compelling mind training techniques, exercises and deeper combative philosophies, directing us towards success in the heat of battle, competition and everyday life. This programme includes learning all of the fundamental techniques, exercises and philosophies in order to:

  • Increase our mental and physical performance with the mind, thus winning in combat/competition and in life
  • How to increase your life-force energy and control your breathing in competition
  • Figuring out our own mind and the mind of our opponents on a deeper level
  • Being more calm, present and focused in the heat of battle, whilst still being alert and performing at our very best
  • Controlling and overcoming our fears and worries, before and during a fight/competition
  • Entering the “flow state” where everything happens more clearly and effortlessly, in alignment, during a fight/competition and in our daily life…

…to name but a few.

Some of the ways used to achieve this, involve ancient and modern visualization, focus, meditation and contemplative techniques.

ZEN-ITH MENTAL PERFORMANCE TRAINING puts the “Zen” in sports and life.

The History of Mind Training in Combat/Competition

Whether it be the Samurai from ancient Japan, the American Indians, the Spartans, the Sikh warriors, the Roman Stoics or even the Shaolin monks, many cultures from around the world at different time periods, have realized the significance of preparing and training the mind for success in battle. This is what set them apart from their opponents and gave them the edge they needed to succeed.

Here is a short Zen story to illustrate but one aspect of the benefit of training the mind:

Flow Like A River

“There is the story of a young martial arts student who was under the tutelage of a famous master.

One day, the master was watching a practice session in the courtyard. He realized that the presence of the other students was interfering with the young man’s attempts to perfect his technique.

The master could sense the young man’s frustration. He went up to the young man and tapped him on his shoulder. “What’s the problem?” he inquired. “I don’t know”, said the youth, with a strained expression. “No matter how much I try, I am unable to execute the moves properly”. “Before you can master technique, you must understand harmony. Come with me, I will explain”, replied the master.

The teacher and student left the building and walked some distance into the woods until they came upon a stream. The master stood silently on the bank for several moments. Then he spoke. “Look at the stream,” he said. “There are rocks in its way. Does it slam into them out of frustration? It simply flows over and around them and moves on! Be like the water and you will know what harmony is.”

The young man took the master’s advice to heart. Soon, he was barely noticing the other students around him. Nothing could come in his way of executing the most perfect moves.” – Zen Story

Now imagine the possibilities of bringing this philosophy…not just into training and sparring, but in to a live fight in front of thousands of people. How much better would one perform if they remained completely undistracted by anything outside of them, and instead only having a laser like focus on the task at hand? There would be nothing that could not be achieved!

“Train tirelessly to defeat the greatest enemy, yourself, and to discover the greatest master, yourself.” – Amituofo

“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.” – Marcus Aurelius 

A modern take on Mind Training for Combat/Competition

For the most part, the modern era of combat sports and sports in general has yet to truly explore the importance of mind training, and even going beyond the mind, as a way to increase combative and sports performance. But luckily due to certain pioneers in combat sports and other sports, this has started to change over the last 10 years or so, with many fighters/competitors now focusing on training their minds just as much as their bodies. But still, mind training in sports is in its absolute infancy, and very few people have begun to work on ways to transcend the mind also.

It is my belief that mind training and transcending the mind, is the next big and new frontier in combat sports!

Below are examples of just a few pioneers who have trained their mind for success…

Here are just a few of the modern combat masters in Fedor, Rickson Gracie and Bruce Lee who knew the importance of training the mind for success in combat and life.

Mind Training Instructor

Christopher has competed in Kickboxing, K1 and MMA at an Amateur, Semi-professional and Professional level since the age of 5. He has a background in Personal Training and Meditation, which helps him to merge the mental with the physical nature of fighting.

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