The goals and motivation behind why a person chooses to train in martial arts vary from person to person. But no matter what brings you to class each time, you probably want to make the most out of your training.
Here are six ways to get the most out of your martial arts training:
1. Set personal martial arts goals.
To maximize your martial arts training, you have to define what you want to accomplish. By setting personal martial arts goals, you can focus your practice and your attention on a specific objective. Rather than trying to get better at everything all at once, directing your training to a small set of skills increases your chances of success.
2. Build a consistent habit.
The best way to improve your martial arts skills is through practice and repetition. If your routine tends to follow an on-again-off-again pattern, then the lack of consistency can make it hard for you to improve. A consistent martial arts practice doesn’t mean that you must train five hours every day. Decide what is realistic for you and then commit to building a regular training habit around what you can manage.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Remind yourself that your martial arts instructor is a resource. They are there to teach you and to help you learn. If you’re stuck or need some extra guidance, then ask for help. Don’t be shy about asking questions. The only way you’ll learn is to ask for help when you’re struggling with your training.
4. Train with students who are better than you.
Sparring with a partner is meant to help you practice your skills. It’s not intended to be an ego boost. If you only partner up with students who are less experienced than you, then you’re losing out on an excellent opportunity to push yourself to get better. You’ll experience the most growth when you spar with students who have a variety of experience levels – less experienced, more advanced, and also an even match-up. Each scenario provides a different type of learning experience, all with various benefits.
5. Make time for recovery.
Recognize when it’s time to push your body, but also be aware of when you need to back off and recover. When your body is breaking down, it’s hard to train and perform at your best. But when you take time to rest, then your body has the chance to build itself back up before getting hit with another session of training. It’s hard to back off, but if you are willing to trust your training, then recovery can help you accomplish your martial arts goals just as much as the training itself.
6. Remember it’s supposed to be fun.
When you’re chasing goals and trying to get the most out of your training, there is a time to be laser-focused and working hard. There is also a time to keep the big picture in perspective and remind yourself that training is also supposed to be fun. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing on the mats, this attitude will eventually affect your motivation and excitement. Rather than pushing to do better, you might find yourself asking why it’s even worth it. Keep mixing things up and find ways to enjoy your commitment to your training.
Ascendant Martial Arts in Regina offers a variety of martial arts programs for kids and adults. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.