What is Mental Toughness?

Mental Toughness is “A personality trait which determines how individuals respond when exposed to stressors, pressure. opportunity and challenge” (Clough & Strycharczyk, 2011).  By using scientifically proven interventions, we can help individuals to develop their mental toughness. This approach is effective to give individuals the mental skills to cope with daily stress and challenges in life.

Overview of the Mental Toughness Model

As can be seen from the model above the model of mental toughness focuses on four core areas, known as the 4 C’s; Confidence, Commitment, Control and Confidence.  We build on these skills by coaching clients to engage in activities that strengthen their mindset.

Examples of Mental Toughness Interventions

About the Programme

This programme will use a dual approach in order for participants to gain the most amount of knowledge and build both mental and physical self-defence skills.

The programme will begin with an introduction day covering basic topics and introducing concepts which will be studied further over the course of the programme.

This will then expand to be run over a period of 10 weeks with a two-hour class being held once a week. The first hour will focus on teaching physical skills, the second hour will be aimed at building mindset skills using positive and coaching psychology methods.

Mindset training will involve being introduced to foundational positive psychology methods and will focus on exercises that can be utilised in clients daily lives to strengthen their mindset.

Physical self-defence training involves teaching the techniques necessary to defend yourself when targeted by crime or violence. When you train in self-defence, you gain the tools to stay safe from danger.

The style of self-defence stems from of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The course is focused on teaching the individual the drill movements required to defend themselves in a variation of scenarios.


This programme will be run by Lorna Lawless and Jaqueline Almeida.

Lorna Lawless is a Coaching Psychologist and owner of Next Level Coaching. She holds a first-class honours M.A. in Coaching Psychology from University College Cork and a BSc in Psychology from the Open University. She is a member of the Association for Coaching, The Secretary for the Coaching Psychology SIG of The Psychological Society of Ireland and British Psychological Society.

Lorna specialises in Mental Toughness, Emotional Intelligence and Positive Psychology. She has worked as a mindset coach in SBG Ireland and is currently researching women’s mental toughness through using combat sports. She is a Master Trainer for AQR’s International and a qualified assessor of the EQi 2.0, Strengths Profile & Spot light.


Jaqueline Almeida is the founder and main coach of Ladies Self-Defence and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) classes at SBG Ireland HQ , Ireland’s number 1 martial arts gym.  Jaqueline specialises in empowering clients by introducing them to martial arts by focusing on self-defence and Brazilian Jiu jitsu (BJJ). Through this training she teaches clients to physically defend themselves and to build confidence whilst also improving their overall health both physically and mentally.

 Jaqueline’s Competition Record:

Brazilian IBJJF – Gold

São Paulo IBJJF – Gold

London IBJJF – Gold

Grappling Industries – Gold and Silver

London Open – Silver

Europeans NO GI – Silver