Deciding to pursue a martial arts practice is a great choice that has many physical and mental health benefits. But you might be wondering how you should approach your training to get the most out of your time while preventing injury.
Here are a few tips to help you in your approach to your martial arts training:
1. Don’t jump in too fast.
When starting any new physical activity, there’s a level of excitement and enthusiasm that can sometimes get you in trouble if you don’t control it. By starting gradually and easing into your training, you’re less likely to hurt yourself or get burned out.
2. Focus on your technique.
As a beginner to martial arts, you will have a lot to learn. Give yourself some time to learn skills and techniques. Don’t worry too much about how you’re doing compared to other students. Keep the focus on your technique and individual improvement.
3. Recovery is part of your training program.
On the flip side of jumping in too fast is making sure that recovery is a part of your training program. If you’re not starting a class well-rested, it can lead to poor technique and possible injury. Remember that rest is just as important as the time you spend training.
4. Don’t get frustrated if you get stuck.
As you’re creating a consistent martial arts practice, remind yourself that it’s okay to be a beginner. Manage your expectations and try to be realistic about your goals. If you happen to get stuck on certain skills, try not to get frustrated. It’s part of the learning experience.
5. Concentrate and stay focused.
Martial arts helps you build both physical and mental skills. Working on your ability to concentrate and stay focused are two mental skills that you develop through martial arts. Paying attention to your instructor and staying focused on your personal development will yield the best results. If you feel your attention wandering to other things, bring it back to the present moment.
At Ascendant Martial Arts in Regina, we aim to make people and communities better through martial arts and wrestling. To learn more about the programs we offer, contact us today.