Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Since Conor McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo, people have been asking about how to deal with trash talkers. What are the effects of trash talking and why do fighters do it? Here are a few mental exercises you can do so that you don’t fall victim to the mental game fighters play. And ” oh, just ignore them!” is not our advice!

Trash talking has probably been around since the dawn of time and, more than likely, began even before the evolution of speech started to develop.  We will skip the creation/evolution debate for now but we can agree that the development of speech in a state of perpetual transformation and therefore at one stage of history man did not speak.

During this period I would venture to say that there was still a vast amount of showboating, arrogance, and struggles for dominance amongst the leaders of various groups of people and as speech developed ways in which to intimidate a rival increased exponentially.

Thus with the birth of speech more than likely came the birth of trash talk.  Trash talking is an integral part of the fight game whether it be professional, amateur, or even in the street with one of the greatest ever being Muhammad Ali and in the modern era, Conor McGregor.

One thing about trash talking is that it can greatly affect the outcome of a fight in that it can have such a psychological effect on a person that it can literally alter the way in which they fight.

In this video below, Shane Fazen shows exactly how to handle these types of opponents and how to remain mentally strong during a physical altercation.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…