Chickened out.

Discussion in 'MMA' started by hewho, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. hewho

    hewho Valued Member

    Drove over to an MMA club locally Thursday night, was very nervous on the way there. Been a long time since I've done proper full contact stuff regularly. Got there and realised I only had card, and they didn't take card payment. They offered to let me pay next session but I basically panicked and walked out, saying I didn't want to owe money or something. I've been thinking about competing again, and I think I put too much pressure on myself, thinking it would be make or break. Next session I can make will be Monday night, or Tuesday daytime, so I'm going to go. Has this happened to anyone else?
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  2. SWC Sifu Ben

    SWC Sifu Ben I am the law

    No, you're the only person to ever chicken out of anything :p You said you're going to go back anyway so lighten up on yourself :D
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  3. Latikos

    Latikos Valued Member

    If it helps you in any way: I chickened out of two (I think; I feel like there should be a third) trial trainings.
    I only wanted to check out the clubs.

    I still at times have to fight to go to my Judo-class also.

    Then again, I might not be the best example. But at least it's true, I did that. And do.
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  4. hewho

    hewho Valued Member

    Thanks both. I'm nervous every time I try somewhere new, but this is the first time I've actually not gone through with training. Still, there's next time!
  5. Van Zandt

    Van Zandt Mr. High Kick

    I turned heel and walked (ran) from a dance class twice before I plucked up the courage to join. Anxiety is a natural human reaction to any unfamiliar situation (or even once-familiar ones we haven't experienced for a while). Cut yourself some slack, laugh it off, and give yourself another chance.
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  6. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Moved on MAP 2017 Gold Award

    I got nervous going to my own regular club more than once. For one reason or another I just couldn't pluck up courage to enter.
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  7. Travess

    Travess The Welsh MAPper Supporter

    By creating this thread, you have taken complete and public ownership of your decision to 'chicken out' which is a pretty open and honest thing to do.
    You are clearly under no illusions about your actions, nor are you trying to justify or make excuses for them, which for me is a positive.
    Nerves and uncertainty are only natural, but self analysis and introspection seem to be a rare thing these days.

    Next time might be no different, nor might the time after that, but eventually you'll find your comfort levels again - Just keep going as far as have, until you are ready to go further.

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  8. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Just for piece of mind, you aren't going to get battered at an MMA club. You'll likely just be drilling rolling and doing tech standup - nothing you haven't done before in spades. Chill. You'll be absolutely golden! :)
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  9. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu

    Kudos for putting it out there!
    I would say anyone who didn't feel anxious on occasion about going to class would be lying (probably to themselves foremost).

    I've had occasions going to class where I had that sinking feeling, justifying to myself that I didn't want to get hurt, or over worked or similar.
    I went through a spate of going to a new club every few weeks to see what was around, and it was always worse when trying something "new".

    From what I recall, you have done grappling styles, and boxing? so like kneerider wrote, it's nothing you haven't been through before. :)
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  10. hewho

    hewho Valued Member

    What's odder is that I'd actually trained there before about 3 or 4 years ago. Annoyingly I can't make any of the beginners classes, but I'm hoping I'll be okay. If not, just got to keep training. Thanks
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  11. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    You're in shropshire aren't you? Im from there. Where were you looking if you don't mind me asking?

    Edit - I'm not there anymore though. I grew up in Shrewsbury.
  12. hewho

    hewho Valued Member

    Bridgnorth boiiii! Love Shrewsbury though, beautiful town! Looking at Combat Athlete in Ketley. If I had the time to go regularly I'd go to SBG Shrews, but with the work schedule being what it is, £5 a session for MMA that's half the drive away makes more sense.
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  13. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Sbg Shropshire is definitely worth the drive if you ever can!

    Don't reaper still have jitz and Thai?

    Enjoy your next session on Monday :)
  14. hewho

    hewho Valued Member

    Reaper still do Thai, but just changed their timetable round, and I work too many of the times for it to be worth the monthly price, as good as the training is.
    Cheers, I will!
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  15. hewho

    hewho Valued Member

    I went on Monday night. It's a beginners session, no sparring, no rolling, about 10 minutes of fitness, then we went through 4 takedowns, spending about a minute on each. Then we did takedowns from the cage, which was completely new to me, and quite enjoyable! not too bad, probably stick to the beginner ones for now, as I have a comp coming up and don't want to be knackered from sparring, but will have a crack at the sparring classes soon!

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