If you’ve been training martial arts for awhile, perhaps the thought of becoming a world champion has crossed your mind at least once or twice. After all, being lauded for all your hard work, technical prowess, physical and mental strength for the world to see is certainly something that every martial artist dreams of.
If you haven’t already figured it out, it takes a whole lot of hard work to become a world champion. It takes more than the requisite blood, sweat, and tears. You’ll need to devote years of your life and stay mentally motivated and hungry for success – even after getting knocked down, out or submitted over and over again.
Do you think you have what it takes to become a World Champion?
You need to believe in yourself
As a World Champion, you will need to be confident in your abilities as a martial artist. Walking into a fight with confidence as opposed to having feelings of self-doubt will certainly make a lot of difference as you bump fists with your opponent. It takes a lot of training to become confident in martial arts. Knowing that you’ve put in the work to achieve the skill needed to be the best in your sport will rid you of any self-doubt that you may have. Exposing yourself to the highest levels in the game and receiving acknowledgement about your technique from your trainer, that would undoubtedly give you the confidence you need in the ring, cage, or on the mats.
You need to put in the work
One does not become a World Champion overnight. It will take years of hard work to become a World Champion. The greatest Muay Thai World Champions started training when they were children, as did BJJ World Champions. They put in thousands of hours of work, honing their techniques to perfection. They’ve also competed many times and lost many times, putting their reputations on the line every single time. World Champions have subjected themselves to strict diets and given up many opportunities to hang out with friends or family. Their lives revolve around martial arts; a sacrifice they were willing to make because of their love for martial arts.
You need to be open to learning
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The greatest World Champions didn’t get where they are today because they were satisfied after winning a few fights. It took a lot of eye-opening experiences where they’ve seen their hard work all go down the drain. They know what it’s like to start from scratch and do it all over again till they figure out what works and what doesn’t. Staying humble helps you become more open to learning, helping you survive through the brutal journey of becoming a World Champion.
You need to be patient
Even after training for years and putting in the work, it doesn’t mean that the opportunity to become a World Champion will come instantly. You will need to train hard to be good enough for small competitions, and when you’re good enough at that, you can move on to the amateur leagues and work your way up to national championships. And from there, you develop a ranking, you join international tournaments, and from there you work your way up the ladder. This process could take years – you need to be patient and earn your laurels.
You need to have great technique
The desire to become a World Champion plays a small part in actually becoming successful as a martial artist. You need to have athletic ability or at least the unbreakable will to develop it into fighting skill. Some fighters may be born with the innate ability to be talented enough to be a World Champion but there others who can work hard enough with the right trainers to develop the specific characteristics needed for success.
Such characteristics include exceptional technical ability – anyone can develop the strength and endurance to last in the ring/cage/mats but it takes a certain individual to master techniques needed to become a World Champion.
You need to be in great shape
A World Champion needs to possess these physical qualities: agility, endurance, speed, explosive power, core strength, reaction time, and flexibility. It’s not enough for a World Champion to develop great offensive and defensive skills. He must have the agility and great reaction time to dodge punches or quickly pass someone’s guard, the endurance to push through the 11th round after fighting for 30 minutes, and the flexibility to prevent injuries or retain one’s guard in BJJ. To be a World Champion, you must always work on having an edge over your competition and possessing these physical qualities would certainly help.
You need to surround yourself with greatness to achieve greatness
To achieve your dreams of becoming a World Champion, you need to surround yourself with the best coaches and teammates who genuinely want the best for you. At Evolve MMA, you can train with the greatest collection of World Champions in Asia. They’ve spent thousands of hours honing their martial arts skills to become the greatest in their art. It is only a World Champion who can say he/she has dedicated his/her entire life to martial arts and has tested his/her skills in the greatest arenas of competition. There’s no doubt that having an instructor who is a World Champion would greatly increase your odds in becoming one yourself.
You need to treat adversity and failure as opportunities to learn, grow, and evolve
A World Champion didn’t get to where he/she is today without experiencing failure at some point in his/her career. But what makes him/her different from the rest is how he/she deals with it. Instead of throwing in the towel and looking for the easy way out, a World Champion sees failure as opportunity for growth. He/she treats each loss as a learning experience. If you want to achieve greatness, you must know how to conquer adversity. Running and quitting is never the solution.
Although becoming a World Champion is undoubtedly no easy feat, it doesn’t mean that it is impossible to achieve. So go on, work on your goals and improve everyday. Every World Champion was once a beginner, don’t let anyone or anything intimidate you and stand in the way of your dreams.