Posted by Jackelope
I think this is one area where traditional forms of martial arts truly excel beyond MMA. I remember when I was doing the "old school" stuff when I was younger I always felt like the instant I stepped onto the mat that's where I was and nothing else mattered. We started off every class with a small bit of meditation and that got my mind even more focused than I already was. Most MMA gyms could use some of that. Hopefully yours does something similar even though most don't.
The 30 seconds or so of meditation we do before class always helps to put me in a good frame of mind. I usually repeat a Buddhist mantra in my head to clear my mind, and motivate myself. I have a feeling a lot of people just close their eyes or stair at the mat, but doing the chant in my head really puts me in a good place mentally.
It doesn't necessarily have any effect on my performance on the mat, but it does get me focused on what I am about to do. I hope as my skills progress being focused will start to help my performance.