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UNDERSTANDING COMBAT MINDSET AND MENTAL CONDITIONING - BY OLE B

December 5, 2014

 

You probably think you a have a good combat mindset, and you may be correct. But what if I ask you these questions: What are the best exercises in order to develop a good combat mindset? What happens under stress? How should you train in order to maintain focus on a specific task? What are the best techniques for relaxation? How do you become better in turning on and of your aggression? Do you feel that you have any good answers? This blogpost will hopefully give you some answers to these questions.

As Tommy Blom has put his in his blog post, in KMG one talks about four “legs” that we need to improve all the time, Technical, Tactical, Mental and Physical. If one of them is not sufficiently developed, the whole platform on top will fall to one side. This is where training your combat mindset comes into play.

 

THE DEVELOPMENT  OF COMBAT MINDSET AND MENTAL CONDITIONING WITHIN KRAV MAGA 

 

To be honest, this is the trickiest part to describe. Why, simply because within KM we have always been working on improving the mindset. When we talk about developing mental skills, we usually think of five mental training strategies. These are visualization, goal setting, positive self-talk, combat mindset (courage, determination, aggression) and relaxation. Utilizing these five main strategies we aim to develop confidence; control of physical arousal; attention control (focusing and spreading attention); arousal control; imagery use or visualization; commitment; self-talk use and the commitment to stay in good physical condition.

Working on determination, decision making skills, or doing regular Krav Maga helps to develop your combat mindset. Although this has been very clear to Eyal, it is only during the last few years that things have become more organized when it comes to combat mindset and mental conditioning. In other words, his vast knowledge and my knowledge has been put into text and is thus accessible for others.

You know, we have even developed an instructor course for this, referred to as the Combat Mindset and Mental Conditioning Instructor Course (since we love abbreviations, the CMIC for short). Some of my fellow KMG instructors refer to the CMIC as the “staring into the wall” course, like in the movie: Men who stare at goats!

 

Courtesy IMDB.com: The Men Who Stare At Goats

 

Eeehhh, the CMIC is not really about staring into a wall, but we do that do, at least for a short period of time. You should know that staring at a point at the wall for some minutes is a G5 technique, and it is a technique we use in the CMIC also. The purpose of this technique is to quiet the internal dialogue going on inside your head, and to make you take control of yourself with a better ability to focus.

 

THE CMIC AND IT'S DEVELOPMENT

 

The CMIC is a result of decades of development, testing, and conducting research into different areas of combat mindset and conditioning training. During these years, we have looked into diffe