Sucker Punch Psychology
There exists an old martial arts notion that as a martial artist, you first wait to be attached, and then respond or react accordingly.
What do you think about this?
If you feel an intuitive sense that it is not the most reasonable approach to difficult situations…you’re right!
In reality, this idea does not hold, conceptually or in practice. In the martial arts context of combat or confrontation, if you feel your safety is threatened, you generally don’t wait for something back to happen, like a punch in the face. Instead, you get on the offensive and try to prevent any negative incidence from occurring in the first place. In other words, you sucker punch the problem – you get it before it gets you.
Who knew the sucker punch mentality could be so valuable? Take a moment to step back from martial arts and expand the notion to other aspects of life.
**Side disclaimer: in this meaning, ‘sucker punch’ refers purely to ‘beating someone or something to the punch’. It does NOT refer to the sneaky, underhanded methods commonly associated with the term**
Take, for example, the ideal approach to health. We all want to feel good, have lots of energy, and avoid illness. In order to accomplish this, we need to be preventative about it. If we are healthy we take proper care of ourselves, eat right, exercise regularly, get enough rest, and essentially live a well-balanced life. In doing so, we sucker punche illness, fatigue, and foggy mental abilities by getting to the body with healthy things, before unhealthy symptoms creep in.
Another prime example is relationships. Whether they’re romantic, friends or family, relationships require a sincere sucker punch mentality. This does NOT mean you use your partner in question as a punching bag. This refers to the relationship dynamics. As people, we’re all different, which means our interactions aren’t going to be perfect. There will be times when we get on each other’s nerves, regardless of how close we are. That said, in a healthy relationship, problems are sucker punched: if there is an issue beginning, we have look at it, bring it up, and deal with it, before it grows into something more serious.
Martial arts is an excellent tool for cultivating and perfecting this mentality. It teaches focus and discipline, but also proactive action and anticipation. The martial artist sees their partners’ actions and stays one step ahead, always being prepared and aware in all circumstances.
This valuable skill then expands itself into being a proactive individual in the many aspects of daily life, including the above examples and more.
Instead of letting life push you around, you sucker punch it, and take hold of your own destiny.
If you need inspiration, remember:
“He who hesitates, meditates in a horizontal position”
– Ed Parker