General George S. Patton, was credited with having said: “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” Even the most hardened and conditioned athletes & martial artists have their physical limits; once it’s reached, what is left? Technique and Tenacity.
Simulating the pressures of physical fatigue in training are crucial for developing a resilient athlete. It’s critical to test one’s will to stay in the fight after they are depleted and the precision of their technique after they can no longer rely on their physicality to solve the problem.
If the toughest conditions are not simulated in training, then an athlete will never be prepared for the worst case scenarios or toughest conditions of competition. Almost every athlete at the highest level of competition will readily state how the toughest rounds and toughest conditions they face are in the training room, not in the actual competition. Understanding this is crucial if you want to compete seriously at any level. If you aren’t pushing yourself to the limit in training, you will not be prepared in competition.
Simply put, there is no substitute for tough training. Those who don’t take their preparation seriously will not be taken seriously by their peers or their opponents and will ultimately only display the holes in their preparation when pushed to the limit by better prepared opponents. If even the most hardened of athletes succumbs to the rigors of competition, it is nothing short of arrogance that permits an ill prepared athlete to assume that they will overcome conditions that they have never before confronted in training.
There are no excuses and nowhere to hide in the pressure of athletic performance. It creates demand for tenacity and technical skill that is rarely called for in any other context of life.
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