Mind Bomb #3: Transition to MMA

The Halls of MMA Ain’t Ready

Tiffany Time Bomb Van Soest MMA FighterThe transition to MMA: This is real. BJJ, wrestling and grappling every day, multiple times per day

I’ve dabbled in MMA and BJJ here and there, before. I’ve trained with some of the best in the world, but that was when I got to choose if and when I wanted to do it.

If I had a long stint in between Muay Thai fights, I’d wrestle and do MMA to change things up—give my mind a break, and challenge my body and creativity.

Now it is my job.

I have to go in even on the days when I hate it—when it breaks me down and strips me bare both mentally and physically.

My championship Muay Thai belts are useless on the mat. The only thing getting me through at times, is a world champion work ethic, determination and relentless desire to succeed. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Despite anything going on outside of the gym, my primary focus is on this new task.

I have to bridge the gaps from my current skill set to the new foundations I am building. At times training feels more like the source of pain versus the outlet it normally is, but I guess that’s why they call it “growing pains.” When you learn and grow, more times than not, it hurts.

I’m not talking about physically.

After a few weeks plagued by discomfort, frustration and emotional recklessness, I had no choice but to surrender to the process. I had to stop fighting it, stop forcing it and just embrace it.

I had to teach myself to not feel anything ABOUT the training, but to just feel the training itself. Now I am growing. Now I am learning. It still isn’t easy, but with the right frame of mind, a humble and open approach paired with a strong work ethic, I can feel the progress and I am realizing my potential.

Photo by Mike Lee of Black House MMA

Photo by Mike Lee of Black House MMA

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