5 THINGS FOR KEEPING YOUR MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING ON TRACK – STAYING CONSISTENT
Many times as martial artists we start down a path of training and suddenly we run into hurdles. Most often they have to do with a lack motivation to train. When we first start down the road toward becoming a true martial artist we have to take stock of the endeavor and realize that the path is one that stretches our entire life. Very few of us are afforded the benefits of training day in and day out making this a life choice (in every sense of the word) by eating, sleeping, and drinking kung fu. In fact, not even your instructors have that opportunity. You see, no matter what vision of yourself you have for your training. (Perhaps meditating on a high mountain with flutes playing in the background) We cannot escape the realities of life. Illness, work, kids, friends, family obligations, maintaining the house, …etc, etc. The list will go on and on for excuses and reasons to take a break in your training. This list is designed to help you push through the rough times. Training allows our roots to grow strong and deep so the fruits of our labors are plentiful. If we fail to train consistently. We fail to take root and our kung fu will never be fruitful.
CHANGING YOUR MARTIAL ARTS MINDSET
- The first flaw in any exercise program (not just martial arts) is that we view training or working out as something we can do rather than thinking of it as something we must do. Rather than thinking of yourself as a person who trains for themselves you must train for a higher purpose. Become the ATHLETE who trains to achieve a loftier goal. Set your expectations of training to that of a person who must be at the peak of physical performance. This attitude will change how you feel about missing a class and will keep your focus on what you must do to reach your end goal.
- SET A GOAL FOR YOUR MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING
- Speaking of “end goal“, isn’t it time that you structured your training goals? Goal setting is vital working toward any accomplishment. Writers set an outline, engineers draft plans, General’s develop campaigns. As a martial artist you need to create your “outline” for your training. Make a full path to your initial goal. I say initial because it should be the first main goal in your life long journey through this art. Each goal should have smaller achievements throughout it. Not just to keep you motivated but to set realistic and reachable points along the way. It also helps you see where you are from where you began. Take the time to set that goal and you will see many other things in life align themselves such as work, home, and your overall health.
- YOUR MARTIAL ARTS SHOULD HAVE A SPECIFIC WORKOUT TIME
- Accountability is the true key to keeping your consistency. Place your training on your schedule and make it immovable. This ties to your athlete mindset. Would a professional athlete miss a practice? OF COURSE NOT. They would schedule around it. Moving plans with friends or declining to go have drinks after work on a training day. Make your class in kung fu scheduled for specific time(s) during your week and make it beyond contestation.
- TRAIN YOUR MARTIAL ARTS WITH VARIETY
- As a martial artist this is normally very easy. With so many different techniques and aspects of training to focus on a workout schedule should often be different almost each and every time you come to the studio to train. Repetition is important so the fundamentals must be there but in the end the techniques focused on should be changed up for balance of both the mind (not getting bored) and the body (ensuring all aspects of the style are trained). When your practice becomes stale. Ask for ways to work on techniques from new perspectives. Speak to the instructor. Talk about martial arts theory. All of these can put you down different paths for a variety of training options.
- REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT IN MARTIAL ARTS
- Every great accomplishment that is ever completed took more than just one man. When Sir Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest successfully for the first time in 1953 he leaned on Tenzing Norgay for help. When you set your lofty goals never forget that others are there to help you and keep you on the right path. Find friends to train with. Tell those around you about your training. You will be surprised at how many will support you and check in on your progress. Often being just the push you need to stay focused on your goals and continue your lifelong path as a martial artist and practitioner of Temple Style Kempo/Kung Fu (MOH Kempo) & White Tiger Kung Fu (Pai Hu Shih).