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    I hate saying good luck....

    So a good many of us participate in combat sports, and we have teammates and friends that compete.
    While I want to give them some sort of positive affirmation I really hate saying good luck in your match or fight.
    As it implies luck has a lot to do with it.
    So I figure I would reach out and ask what are some better ways of saying I hope you do well?
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    In italian we have two slangish sayings for "good luck":
    - in bocca al lupo [in the mouth of the wolf - correct answer is "crepi", may he die]
    - in culo alla balena [in the ass of the whale - this one is more vulgar and has no answer]

    I searched for an english equivalent but all I found was "break a leg" - maybe not the best for a combat sport?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterMR View Post
    all I found was "break a leg" - maybe not the best for a combat sport?
    Well we could be talking about the other guys leg lol not entirely inappropriate
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlun View Post
    So a good many of us participate in combat sports, and we have teammates and friends that compete.
    While I want to give them some sort of positive affirmation I really hate saying good luck in your match or fight.
    As it implies luck has a lot to do with it.
    So I figure I would reach out and ask what are some better ways of saying I hope you do well?
    "Break a leg."
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlun View Post
    So a good many of us participate in combat sports, and we have teammates and friends that compete.
    While I want to give them some sort of positive affirmation I really hate saying good luck in your match or fight.
    As it implies luck has a lot to do with it.
    So I figure I would reach out and ask what are some better ways of saying I hope you do well?
    Neither, actually...

    I never say "good luck" to my students before they walk out on the tatami to compete. They don't need much luck if they execute their training and give it all they have. Of course, bad ref calls get made, or close calls go the the other way, but even that's not really "luck".

    I will say stuff like:
    1.) Do your best.
    2.) Kick his/her ass
    3.) or nothing at all, really.

    But that's as a coach, not a fellow student or teammate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ermghoti View Post
    "Don't suck for once, you *****."

    I don't have a lot of friends.
    LOL, that one could be very motivating depending on the situation and the person involved. Some people respond positively to negative encouragement. It can result in a sort of "I'll show you this time" sort of mentality.

    I remember one time a coach of mine told me "don't **** up this time", and I told him, "**** you" and went out and won the match because I was so pissed at my coach...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post
    Neither, actually...

    I never say "good luck" to my students before they walk out on the tatami to compete. They don't need much luck if they execute their training and give it all they have. Of course, bad ref calls get made, or close calls go the the other way, but even that's not really "luck".

    I will say stuff like:
    1.) Do your best.
    2.) Kick his/her ass
    3.) or nothing at all, really.

    But that's as a coach, not a fellow student or teammate.
    I am not a big fa of do your best either, with adults that is, especially adults going to a professional event.
    Kick some ass seems to be the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlun View Post
    I am not a big fa of do your best either, with adults that is, especially adults going to a professional event.
    Kick some ass seems to be the best.
    Thanks for the context.

    I was speaking in context of non-professional judo matches.

    I pretty much don't say much of anything anymore with the more experienced students.
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