NLP in its simplest terms is a form of applied psychology. It is a means to achieve personal and professional fulfillment. Professional athletes across the globe use NLP to prepare and perform at their highest levels each and every day. From golfers to Brazilian jiu jitsu fighters NLP plays an important role shaping an athlete’s frame of mind, not only during competition but also in their personal lives.
NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Neuro stands for the way in which our brain processes information received from our 5 senses.
Linguistic relates to not just words but symbols, gestures, and postures that we give meaning to. It is how we organize our perceptions of the outside world.
Programming comes from computer science. Just like we can upgrade, delete, and install software on a computer we can program our minds to change the way we think and ultimately the way we act.
I believe studying NLP and putting it into practice can be a valuable weapon for brazilian jiu jitsu fighters and MMA fighters.
It can help a competitor know exactly what he or she wants and how to achieve it.
Build self-confidence and self-esteem on and off the mat.
Put you in control of your fight not your opponent.
Enable you to fully believe in yourself and your technique instead of hesitating before attempting a submission or sweep.
Help control your thinking during a fight.
Strengthen your ability to see your opponents mistakes and capitalizing on them immediately.
I have just begun studying NLP and I already see changes in my jiu jitsu. I will document my experiences on and off the mat and hopefully help some of you improve your MMA or brazilian jiu jitsu.