What happens when you double your martial arts training?

A lot of students turn up to class twice a week, do their classes and then go home. They may occasionally practice a pattern or two at home and maybe even do some stretching. Then as they progress through gradings, might wonder why they aren’t as good as they hoped they would be.

They might wonder why the instructors are more cautious about letting them attempt the next grade.The truth is, martial arts should not be a thing you do for your planned two or three classes each week. You should try and incorporate it into a daily schedule. I remember my first instructor told me that

“for every hour you train in class, you should train one hour at home”

That statement is ingrained in my brain. I used to think I had to do sixty minutes straight, but now I believe that as long as you introduce five or ten minutes of training per day, you are going to end up with great results. This could be

  • Twenty push ups and sit ups when you get out of bed in the morning.

  • Two minutes of stretching when you get out of the shower

  • Go for a run and do two patterns at the halfway mark

  • Stretch while you watch television instead of sitting​​

  • You could even do more mental training like

  • When you are on the train or in traffic, go through your patterns in your head

  • Google search for a TED talk on motivation, fitness or setting goals

  • Look at the patterns on the web or the ZMAX members section

Just this little bit of movement and exercise will help not only make your martial arts practice better, it will get the blood flowing and get you moving each day. These are both great benefits in my book.

Mark Underwood

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.

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