Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience is written by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the father of positive psychology. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi’s research is fundamental to the mission of Flow Athletics. Let me make that clear, Flow Athletics is not endorsed or sponsored by Dr. Csikszentmihalyi; we are inspired by his work. In fact, if you check out … Read moreExcerpt from "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience"
BJJ coach and public speaker Dan Faggella published a great article at The Science of Skill: Strengths Mapping for Faster Improvement. Strength Mapping is a way to focus your training time so you can get maximum benefit. Dan put up a screenshot of a sample strength map used by a brazilian jiu jitsu fighter – … Read moreWrestling Strength Map
“When I am fighting I am keeping my mind empty from any expectations. I am waiting for something unique, completely new.” Rickson Gracie – 8th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rickson is of one of many, many great athletes that describe a heightened state of consciousness when speaking about their sport. I described flow at … Read moreFlow is the key to happiness
Push yourself today, to be prepared for tomorrow. Iowa Wrestling, especially under Dan Gable, is famous for its intense practices. Gable as a competitor was known for his uncanny intensity and toughness. In a 1973 Esquire article, John Irving wrote about “Gorgeous Dan, The almost undefeated life of the world’s best wrestler”: Dan brought this … Read moreKiller practices, why work hard if flow is a calm state?
The story of flow. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, talk about a hard name to pronounce. The father of positive psychology, Dr. C. developed the concept of flow. Wikipedia defines flow as “the mental state of … energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity”. According to Csíkszentmihályi, flow represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the … Read moreYou can't zap your brain during practice!