“Negative Visualization” is one of the main tools of ancient Stoicism. Really thinking about just how awful things can be in combat will have the effect of making you value what you have and making you realize they’re not that bad.
The samurai were constantly in batlle and would think about death a lot.
One who is supposed to be a warrior considers it his foremost concern to keep death in mind at all times, every day and every night, from the morning of New Year’s Day through the night of New Year’s Eve. [Code of the Samurai: A Contemporary Translation of the Bushido Shoshins]
According to Johnson and Leach, the sort of people who survive are the sort of people who prepare for the worst and practice ahead of time… These people don’t deliberate during calamity because they’ve already done the deliberation the other people around them are just now going through. [You Are Not So Smart]
In this video you will learn how samurai used negative visualization to get better in combat, and how you too can use this technique to improve your performance in MMA competitions.
Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy in Belgrade, Serbia made agreat video about negative visualization for MMA and Grappling. Mark is a Judo black belt (Serbian national team member), BJJ purple belt, MMA coach and undefeated MMA fighter. You can find Mark Lajhner’s FREE MMA course Here.