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Previous Entry Developing Aggression May. 23rd, 2009 @ 10:10 pm
My personality is very laid back and non aggressive. Frankly, it's hard for me to find my aggressive, fighting core, and I am looking for ways to learn to tap into that. (My instructor is always saying things like, "Don't ask him if he's alright! I want to see you hit that guy!") One way I've learned to bring out my fighting energy is to listen to high-energy aggressive music when I train. I have two questions for you all:

1) How have you learned to "flip the switch" and generate a fighting aggression within you?

2) What do you listen to when you train?

Here are some high-energy aggressive tunes I've used in my training. (Nearly all of these contain language that may be inappropriate for young children.)

Eminem - Lose Yourself
Pronobozo - Full Flex
Let's Go - Trick Daddy
Korn - Got The Life
Korn - Souvenir
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
Sevendust - Enemy
Sevendust - Crucified
Stereomud - End of Everything
Marilyn Manson - Rock is Dead

I'd like to find more in the hip-hop genre.
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Date:May 24th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
1) Aggression, for me, feels like a particular sort of relaxation. I do not generate aggression so much as deactivate inhibitions. I'm also a laid-back guy to whom anger and aggression come really unnaturally, but I still find that I have an innate sense of damage, imbalance, and destruction which I can tap into without great difficulty. Think about it this way: if you were to walk into, say, a crowded department store, how much sheer entropy could you bring to bear on the area around you—destroying property, hurting people, etc.—before you were brought down? The answer is probably a little scary. The trouble with that sense is that it doesn't always line up with training and with appropriate force for what's at hand; when I find myself in a combat situation, it's usually in order to achieve a particular objective (subdue or move a target, for instance) rather than to cause destruction, and in my case it expresses itself in a composite of various forms of combat training which would be inappropriate to any one given arena.

2) I usually listen either to traditional capoeira music, or to a completely random shuffle of my music library. I do this on purpose because I used to listen only to high-energy, aggressive music while training, and I found that it was a little draining for me personally. Listening to a mix of different kinds of music, for me, is more in line with Miyamoto Musashi's exhortation to "make your fighting stance your everyday stance" and vice versa. I want to be able to fight under any emotional circumstances, passive or aggressive, and so I configure my listening to reflect that.

What style do you practice, again?
Date:May 24th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
I've been training taekwondo for the last year. I have also taken my school's MMA class for a few months which consists of muay thai and jiu jitsu. Recently the jiu jitsu instructor left the school and the muay thai training has become more focused. I just recently picked up judo, too, for the ground work and because it's fun.
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Date:May 24th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Do you perform better when you're in an angry or aggressive mindset?
Date:May 24th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I don't get angry, but when I'm in an aggressive mindset, yes, I perform much better. I'm not wanting to be emotional so much as aggressive and assertive.
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Date:May 24th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
1. I just remind myself that if I stop hitting the other guy then he'll start hitting me. And I don't like to get hit. 2. I listen to a little bit of everything. From Rent to Rob Zombie.
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Date:May 26th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
What exactly are you having problems with? Not making contact? Not hitting hard enough? Hesitating on your technique? Not committing to your attacks?

Personally, I've never found the high-school-football "git-er-dun/hoo-rah!" kind of attitude to be valuable for martial arts training. The deadliest kind of fighters are polite, quiet, controlled, and lethal. Jumping around like an ape, listening to loud music, or screaming like a crazy person may get your adrenaline flowing, but adrenaline only powers you for a few seconds at best.
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Date:May 29th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
For most of us, I like to think aggression can come from a number of easy to reach places. First, competitive aggression can be very healthy - we all like to win and this motivates us. Conversly, the shame of defeat can be a great motivator as well. Thirdly, oppurtunity should drive aggression. When I see a move I know can finish the fight or put me in a much more adventageous position I feel like a kid in a candy store, whether in stand-up or in grappling.
I don't listen to anything, unless I'm doing boxing-type drills and then just cuz I find the rythm can help, so it doesn't really matter what.
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