Non-Verbal Power Positioning


In just 2 minutes you can make a big difference: Non-Verbal power positioning


Ben Stark

The message in Amy Cuddy’s TED talk is something we can directly relate to our practice of combat sports (BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai, etc..). Take your body positioning into consideration before training, classes, competition and general daily life.

People tend to compliment other’s non-verbal stances. They don’t mirror instead they do the opposite. Placing yourself in a “power position” can subconsciously place others in a “low power position”. Positioning yourself to feel empowered will actually make you feel empowered! The studies have proven by holding a “power pose” for just 2 min there can be a 20% increase in your testosterone levels and a distinct decline in your “stress” hormone cortisol. The opposite could be said for those in the “low-power position”

test increase cortisol drop

Apply this to a competition setting and what could be better than non-verbally imposing your will on your opponent before you even start to engage in combat?

Next time you're at a competition or class or you just had a bad day strike a power pose for 2 min and feel the difference. Over time it seems you can completely change your perception of yourself.

“Fake it till you become it.” – Amy Cuddy

See you on the matts, OSS


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Amy Cuddy’s TED talk: Your body language shapes who you are

Business Insider’s article has a few good suggestions for power positions

Some pics to use, all taken from Amy Cuddy’s TED talk:





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