No matter how much we try to avoid obstacles, they have a way of showing up. You encounter obstacles in your martial arts training, as well as in your daily life.
The best way to deal with obstacles is to acknowledge that they’re there and affecting your training (or your life). Once you’re aware that an obstacle is getting in your way, you can do something about it.
Here are a few martial arts obstacles with some suggestions on how to overcome them:
1. You don’t feel like you’re improving.
No matter how consistent you with your martial arts training and how much effort you put into your practice, at some point, you will might feel like you’re no longer improving. What do you do when this happens? Do you give up? No! First, understand that many martial arts students experience something similar. You’re not alone. Then, take a big step back and look at your martial arts training over time. You can probably think of other times in the past that you’ve had some dips in your progress. If you need to make changes to your training, then do so and stay committed to your practice. Be patient with the process.
2. You’re afraid of messing up.
The more you practice martial arts skills and techniques, the better you get at making mistakes. No one likes to mess up, especially in front of other people. When you’re first getting started with martial arts, you might wonder, “Am I doing this right?” If you’re unsure, ask lots of questions and get some help. Remember that pretty much everyone training with you was a beginner at some point. Instead of worrying about making a mistake, shift your focus to learning and find ways to adjust and improve.
3. You’re worried about getting hurt.
If you’re not used to close physical contact, you might be worried that you’ll get hurt by training martial arts. A few bumps and bruises are probably going to happen, even while wearing the proper equipment. But know that most schools take training very seriously. The goal is to keep every student safe. In fact, the safest way you can learn martial arts is from a knowledgeable instructor who makes your safety top priority.
4. You don’t have a defined goal.
When you’re not specific about what you want to get out of your training, it will be hard to see results. Set clearly defined goals or objectives. Rather than saying you want to “get better at martial arts,” be specific about what that means for you. Make sure that you include a way to measure your progress so that you’ll know when you’ve accomplished your goal.
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