Recognize That the Game is Always Bigger Than You

The game is the real genius, and grapplers and combat athletes are the talent who execute the game.

Do you agree with this?

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A game is a complex combination of techniques, defense moves, pace, structure, and scoring mechanisms. All games have a winner and a loser. What gets a large section of society interested in a particular game in the first place is quite an enigma. All of the many factors about the game-the competitiveness, the speed, the aggression, and the skill required–capture the imagination of people and bring them out in droves to watch a match.

Why some players take to grappling and combat athletics while others play baseball or basketball is a mystery. It’s a question of opportunity, childhood exposure to the game, mindset to handle the rigors of a particular game, interest in the game process, physical fitness to play the game, and so on

However, the main thing an athlete must keep in mind is that the genius lies in the fine art of the sport perfected over thousands of years, played by thousands of players before you, and yet to be played by thousands after you. You are merely the talent that takes the game forward and brings entertainments to thousands of people. It is the power of the game, its nuances and techniques, and the sheer enjoyment of the mechanics of the game that is the real crowd puller. If you are a “star,” then it means that you are the person with the ability to execute the game the way it is meant to be played, but the game itself will always be “King.”

The mindset of a sportsperson in addition to all the mental preparation has to be humble enough to acknowledge the greatness of the sport. You playa big role, but that’s only if you take the time to understand the game thoroughly. When fans cheer you, they are definitely saluting you for a game well played. But remember, they are there because they love the game. If the game did not appeal to them, they would not be there.