Whether you’ve been practicing martial arts for a few years or are still new to the sport, becoming more coachable plays a significant role in your progress.
Here are a few ways to become more coachable:
1. Learn and practice proper form.
No matter how much experience you have with martial arts or wrestling, continuing to practice good technique is an essential and ongoing part of your training. No matter how much you want to skip the skills component to get right into rolling, practicing proper technique will make you a better athlete in the long-term.
2. Set your ego aside.
By practicing martial arts with other people, you get the benefit of applying your skills with various skill and experience levels. You also get the bonus benefits of accountability, support, and a sense of community. However, it’s sometimes hard not to compare yourself to your fellow students when you practice with others. You might even hold yourself back because you’re worried about making a mistake in front of others. But the best thing you can do to make progress and continue to learn is to set your ego aside and focus on your personal improvement.
3. Keep an open mind and be willing to accept feedback.
Getting good feedback from your coaches and instructors is one of the best ways to become more coachable and improve in martial arts. It can be tough to accept feedback, especially if you’re not used to hearing it. But remember that there is a difference between criticism and feedback. Your coaches and instructors do not intend to criticize or attack you; they’re trying to guide you. Keep an open mind, be willing to accept their suggestions, and don’t take feedback personally. Show up to class in a mindset where you’re ready to learn and try something new.
Are you interested in learning more about the programs and classes we’re currently offering at Ascendant Martial Arts in Regina? Contact us today!