Greg Jackson is one of the most highly regarded MMA coaches in the world. And, an old buddy from way back in the early fighting days. He was doing an interview for bjpenn.com, and began discussing fear and fighting/MMA.
Here’s an excerpt:
“What you’re really talking about it is not just fear, but time and fear. It’s one thing if you get in a street fight. Some dude is being an ass, you get up, he gets up, boom, boom, boom, and it’s over pretty quick. It’s different when you know that on this certain day at this certain time you’ll be fighting this certain guy. There will be pain involved. People will be watching and judging everything you do, and you have time to think about all that. As it gets closer, you get more afraid. The night of, you get really afraid.”
This was taken from the Portland Press Herald. It’s a local student’s story about being bullied. Take a minute to read it. I don’t have a kid, so I suppose I don’t have a right to throw my opinion around. But…. that’s never stopped me before! What the hell is going on in the world? It seems like so many things have to go wrong for this to be a problem.
The bullies parents have to raise a crappy bully kid.
The bullied kid had to be raised to fear the repercussions of standing up for themselves.
The bullied kids peers had to be raised to fear those same reprecussions, stopping the from helping.
The bullied kids school has to ignore the problem because it’s SUPER tough to navigate the parents and the law.
The laws have to be super tough to navigate.
The bullied kids parents themselves have to fear the repercussions of standing up for their kids.
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