Here are four ways to get the most out of your martial arts training:
One way to get the most out of your martial arts training is to define what you want to accomplish. Personal martial arts goals helps you focus your attention on a clear objective. Rather than trying to improve at everything all at one, targeting a smaller skillset improves your chance of success.
Consistency can also help you get the most out of your martial arts training. If you’re stuck in an inconsistent training routine, it’s hard to make progress. But when you build a consistent habit around your training, then you’re able to get better results. Don’t mistake consistency with frequency. A consistent practice doesn’t mean that you must train every day for three hours. Decide what is most realistic for you and your lifestyle and build from there.
Martial arts training involves a lot of repetition and practice. But as you’re training, if something doesn’t seem right or you’re stuck and not sure how to proceed, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your instructor is there as a resource – to teach you and to help you learn. Don’t be stubborn or shy about asking questions or getting feedback. The solution when you’re struggling isn’t more struggle. Ask for help.
Sparring gives you a chance to practice your skills against a partner. Who makes the best partner? You get a benefit from sparring with students who are more experienced as well as less. Sparring with someone more experienced than you allows you to push yourself to get better. Pairing off with some with less experience gives you the chance to share your knowledge which is another great learning opportunity.