Team Lloyd Irvin’s Competition Preparation
The 2011 Pan’s are within two weeks. A week after that a number of Medal Chasers are flying out to the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi World Pro. Fast Forward two weeks and we’ll be in Brazil for their National Tournament. All of these tournaments are building up to the Grand Finale at the World Championships in June.
Preparing for a string of tournaments such as the one outlined above is an extremely delicate process, where one wrong move can ruin an entire year’s worth of goals and aspirations.
For the Medal Chasers, ML created a “mastermind” group of experts to maximize the potential of each individual on the team. With the likes of Strength Coach D’angelo Kinard and ”the Recovery Doc” Rick Rosa, Master Lloyd is able to concentrate on technical improvement, mental strength, and game-planning.
In today’s morning class, Master Lloyd had everyone rolling live competition rounds, only A-game moves.
If you’ve ever competed, you know that it’s usually much different than sparring in class. In order to replicate a more competitive setting, ML calls two people out to square off. Usually he’ll order for a stare-down, increasing the intensity of the situation. When the bell sounds, the two go at it. While the battle ensues, everyone else is screaming and cheering to emulate how it will be when you step out to compete.
Master Lloyd is always stressing the significance of mental training, and this exercise definitely does the trick. You have to deal with the same nervousness and anxiety to perform as you would when you enter any big tournament.
When it comes to competition preparation remember the 12 P’s:
“Piss Poor Preparation Promotes Piss Poor Performance, Piss Poor Performance Promotes Pain“
If you want to do well in competition you need to prepare properly, period-point-blank. You need to be honest with yourself, and realistic with the goals you set. You need to leave no stone unturned, whether it be the technical, mental or physical side of your game. If you’re lacking in any one of the three, you’re performance will suffer and you will surely endure pain.
To learn more about the 12 P’s