I am a long time member of this site and find its content very useful and informative. Thats why when i came across an issue that i didnt have the anwser to the first place i thought of was here.
My son is training for his first fight in MMA, which if he gets the right match up should be in march. He is 20yrs old and a former teenage body building champion so is in great physical shape. He has all the tools as far as technique is concerned and trains hard most days either in the dojo or on the road. The thing is im not sure how well he is coping with the prospect of stepping into a cage, the pressure of expectation of friends and family watching, the ability to keep calm and control his emotions so to allow for clarity of thought and decision making when fighting and the adrenalin dump that everyone that has fought in the ring speaks of. He trains with me on occasion so im looking for any thoughts on how to train him for the afore mentioned mental stress issues. There may be no training methords to cope with these issues for the cage because its a controlled enviroment not self defence for the street. He is a big confident middle weight normally, but inside he is still a young lad that needs his old mans help with this one. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.