I compete in full-contact knock-down Karate tournaments from time to time. If you have ever seen my (sadly neglected) training log, you will notice that I wasn’t as successful as I would have liked during my last competition. I believe that a strong factor in this was my mindset. Among other things, I really would like to focus on my mindset before competing this year. I can turn it on when I need to at work, but I’m not an aggressive person by nature. However, I would like to become much more aggressive in my fighting style. I would like to keep it controlled to the point where I don’t foul someone, or I can still effectively process a solid offence and defence strategy without swinging mindlessly. There are a lot of high-level fighters here. How do you guys get yourself into a proper mindset to defeat your opponent? Are high level fighters always naturally aggressive, or is that something you train like anything else?