Tap - Tap - Guard Up
Posted: June 30, 2020
Tap – Tap – Guard Up!
I had the privilege to train with one of the most successful Muay Thai trainers in the world about 10 years ago. His name is Master Toddy. He has trained over 40 World Champions, and he continues to turn out top quality martial arts champions on a regular basis.
When you train with him, he brings his own music. It’s a very unique, Thai style music with his voice on the track. You hear him throughout the track saying, “Tap. Tap. Keep your guard up.”
He wants to remind his students and fighters to stay on the balls of their feet so they are faster and can adapt to what happens in the fight. When a fighter his flat footed, they are slower and less effective.
Keeping your guard up in any combat sport is a must, yet every top-notch fighter as well as hobbyist needs to be reminded of that. Myself included!
I think the “Tap – Tap – Guard Up” concept as being a mental one as well as a physical one. I think the we need to keep our guard up to the kinds of information we allow into our brains.
Watching too much of the news, reading too many magazines filled with gossip and negative news can make anyone feel stressed out, depressed, and anxious.
There is a big difference from being informed and being inundated with the negative, doom and gloom news that is out there. Yes, we need to know what is going on in the world, however we do not need to hear it over and over and over again all day long!
Tony Robbins says, “Stand guard at the door of your mind.” What he means is be careful what influences you allow yourself to consume.
Having the news on 24/7 and listening to people complain about the economy and everything that is wrong in the world will wear anyone out…quick! For some people, complaining and droning on and on about their problems is a habit…and a bad one at that!
Those are the types of people that brighten up the room…when they leave it!
Instead, read inspirational books, listen to success driven podcasts, and talk with successful, encouraging people. When you do this, you feel motivated and inspired.
As I am writing this article, a good friend of mine, and fellow entrepreneur, called me to check in. We had a positive conversation about things, we laughed, and we talked about getting together in the future when we are allowed to.
In the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, he talks about how every adversity brings with it an equal or greater opportunity. I believe this to be true.
However, you will only see the opportunity when you are limiting the negative information you are allowing to seep in.
Stand guard at the door of your mind. Be bold, be confident, have faith, and remember, the best is yet to come!
Thank you for reading this. Remember, you are destined for greatness! Thank you for being a part of the Elite Force family!