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Ancient Wisdom for Sport Psychology
By Dr. Randy Borum
(First Published in Black Belt Magazine, March, 2009)

What could a bunch of old guys hanging out on a porch more than two thousand years ago say that would be relevant for today’s martial artists and competitive fighters? Quite a bit actually. Around 300 BC in Athens-during the Hellenistic period., Stoicism emerged as a popular philosophical movement

Philosophers in ancient Greece tackled big questions about the nature of life, being, and morality, but they also sought to apply their principles and theories to practical problems. The Stoics, for example, focused on understanding happiness in living. That issue is certainly relevant today. But some of its core teachings parallel many modern concepts in performance psychology.  Read the full article HERE.
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Ancient Wisdom for Sport Psychology
By Dr. Randy Borum
(First Published in Black Belt Magazine, March, 2009)

What could a bunch of old guys hanging out on a porch more than two thousand years ago say that would be relevant for today's martial artists and competitive fighters? Quite a bit actually.


Duh! Hanging around outside in single-gender groups, possibly shirtless, is the backbone of the "fighter lifestyle" and mindset. The only differences between the stoics and War Machine are that more people take War Machine seriously and he actually confronts his haters.

The ancient world was good in its day but just like Royce vs. Hughes Hughes vs. GSP and GSP vs. cyborg/alien fighter from the future nothing lasts foraver!
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 Marcus Aurelius is the bee's knees.
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Plato, my heart!
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 You guys are hilarious :-)
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Epictetus, bitches.
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Every time you post one of these it helps me more and more mentally for jiu jitsu competitions. Thanks.
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personally I prefer epicurian or sybaritic philosphies
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The stoics originated from Greek cynics, the greatest of these was Diogenes of Sinope aka Diogenes the dog. Ironically, Diogenes turned to philosophy after finding himself immersed in a banking scandal. We shall see how relevant the ancient paths are if anyone great rises out of this current quagmire.

"He used to say that he followed the example of the trainers of choruses; for they too set the note a little high, to ensure that the rest should hit the right note. Most people, he would say, are so nearly mad that a finger makes all the difference. For, if you go along with your middle finger stretched out, some one will think you mad, but, if it's the little finger, he will not think so."
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TTT!!!

Im gonna read these later today, they seem interesting!
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 Thanks guys.  And I am amazed by the philosophical sophistication on the boards.  Who knew?!
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I knew. MMA fans are a sophisticated bunch.
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Sam Sheridan go suck a dick u fag!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hey there Sam!!   Thanks for chiming in.  Got any new books in the works, sir?
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 Good stuff!
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Sam Sheridan - I knew. MMA fans are a sophisticated bunch.


LOL@my obviously joking reply to this post being deleted. I guess maybe someone read "Sam Sheridan ur a fag!!! LOL!!!" and was worried he might actually be offended.
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Good stuff...
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 Thanks Jon - RB
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Thanks for posting this
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Awesome article Randy. Great topic as usual. I'm a fan.

As far as the Stoics go, for my money Marcus Aurelius is tops.

For those not really acquainted with him:

He was the prototype of the complete man, a warrior-philosopher. Or perhaps better, the best of the early prototypes (after all many of the early thinkers, like Socrates, were also combat veterans).

I say best of the prototypes because his duties went far beyond military duty. He was an emperor, with all the accompanying responsibility, and he did not particularly like the role. He accepted it, however, and did his utmost to confer dignity to the position he held and to the empire as a whole.

He was also an inspiration to the people under his command, down to the grunt level. He was a hands-on guy who stayed close to those enduring the hardships of war. He often led his men into battle personally and did not use his eminence to remove himself from danger, or distance himself from those in need.

He wasn't a philosopher in the formal sense, concerned with creating a formal system of thought. Much of what we know of his philosophy comes from what were essentially diary entries, written during military campaigns. They reflect a great deal of influence from previous Stoics like Epictetus, but have their own flavor.

Marcus was far more than just a smart guy with a sword. He was truly a deep thinker who strove to put his beliefs into action.

When reading the "Meditations" you get the sense of a very powerful warmth and compassion behind the words. It is unique in the history of philosophy in this respect. We can only imagine the kind of presence he must have had, the charisma he possessed, and the inspiration he was to everyone around him, wherever he went.

It's hard to assemble a greatest hits list in terms of Marcus Aurelius quotations. But sample some of these:

"[Realize that] the whole earth is but a point in the universe, and how small a part of the earth is the corner in which you live."

"Where it is possible to live, it is also possible to live the good life."

"When things appear too enticing, strip them naked, destroy the myth which makes them proud."

"Be not slovenly in action nor careless of the company you keep."

"Do not discuss in general terms the question of what is a good man. Be one."

"A healthy mind should be prepared for all that happens."

"A man who severs himself from a single other man falls away from the whole human community."

"The man becomes better and more praiseworthy, if he makes the right use of his circumstances."

"If in a leaderless confusion, be glad that in that surging flood you have within yourself a directing intelligence."

"Everything which happens has always happened so, and will so happen, and is happening now, everywhere." (!!!!)

"Depart graciously [from life], for he who dismisses you is also gracious."
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