Updated: Dec 30, 2018
There is a difference between serious and casual martial arts training. The benefits of taking your training up a notch or two are not just physical either. They are mental and can flow into lots of other areas of your life. But what do I mean by casual or serious martial arts training? Casual Martial Arts Training
Here are a few signs you are a casual martial artist You are a student who turns up to class and waits to get told what to do.
You turn up to class early but don’t practice or stretch
You do the required number of repetitions and not more. For example, you are told to do 10 kicks.
You notice the team next to you have only done 5 but rather than doing a few more kicks, you stop and wait for the next instruction.
You love the idea of getting a black belt, but don’t want to put in the effort, sweat and pain to get there.
You daydream or don’t focus during class
Serious Martial Arts Training Here are some of the things to take your training to the next level
Set big goals and then break them down into smaller goals. For example, you want to do the splits. Look at or ask for tips that will break down this bigger goal into smaller steps so you can stay focused
The rule of +2. When you are asked to do 10 of a drill in class, do 12. In fact add 2 to any drill you are asked to do
Don’t stand around. If you are finished with what you have been asked for, don’t wait around for the next instruction. Do more of that drill or practice something else. Always keep moving.
Train at home. For every hour you train in class, train one hour at home. Either in 60 minute blocks or spread out over the week.Push yourself. Don’t accept ok as a standard. Push yourself in every class and in every drill.
Go over the basics. A serious martial artist will always go back over the basics. They know they are the base for everything else and they know how important getting them correct is.
Practise everything. Don’t assume you know something or are good at something. A serious martial artist will re analyse all techniques to make sure they are still being done correctly or if they can be done better.
You have a choice every time you train. Am I going to train casual or am I going to train serious? You can choose every time. Just know that you will get more out of your training if you choose to train serious and you will leave the class stronger, physically and mentally and hopefully with a sweaty smile on your face.
Mark holds the rank of Master in two martial arts, 5th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and 4th Dan Black Belt in Haidong Gumdo (Korean swords). He is also a 1st Dan Black Belt in Sunmudo, 1st Dan Black Belt in Gongkwon Yusul (Korean MMA) and a Black Belt Professional in Taekyun and Hopaesool. He has also trained in a number of other martial arts styles. He is currently the owner and head instructor for Zone Martial Arts servicing the Sutherland Shire area.