11 Mar 2010
I had the privilege of interviewing BJJ instructor Eamonn Madden recently and this has now been published in the Fightworks Podcast website, which you can read here.
Eamonn is a brown belt at the BJJ School academies in London. He is also a mental performance coach - someone who uses tools such as hypnosis and neural linguistic programming to help an athlete overcome mental obstacles, such as extreme nervousness before a match or negative self beliefs. It might sound a bit out of the ordinary or 'fringe' but you would be surprised how many top level sports men and women use mental performance coaching to gain an extra edge in their competitive careers. Pro golfers in particular are well known (although not many have chosen to go public) for using sports hypnosis.
Eamonn talked to me about several BJJ athletes and a UFC fighter who he has worked with and, judging by their recent tournament successes, it is obviously working well! His website is http://www.sportmental.co.uk/
Anyway, have a read, if you have a view, post a comment on the Fightworks site or on here. Tomorrow - full details about my fab interview feature with Ana Maria India that is out now in the UK's Martial Arts Illustrated magazine.