5 Habits of Successful Martial Artists

Have you ever wondered what successful martial artists do to get to where they are today? Apart from having a growth mindset, there are also some good habits that contribute to their success. And these are habits that they keep for a long time. Perhaps we should all learn from them and pick up some of these great habits, too.

Ready to learn about the secrets of their success? Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Habits of Successful Martial Artists:

1) They think positive

Training with a heavy bag sharpens your technique and builds strength.

Training with a heavy bag sharpens your technique and builds strength.

There are always two sides to a coin, like how there are always two ways to view every situation: with positivity or negativity. Although we don’t always have control over the situation, we have the power to think positive and make the most out of it. The problem with negative thinking is that it weighs us down, and can dampen our spirits – even when it’s really not as bad as we make it out to be.

The thing about successful martial artists is that they’re all able to focus on the bright side of life. That’s how they’re able to push through the toughest days, and get stronger. Also, they visualize success so that they can build up self-belief and confidence. Besides that, it helps calm them down when they’re feeling anxious prior to a sparring session or fight. If you don’t already visualize success before your big days, then maybe you should start!

 

2) They make healthy choices

ONE Superstar Alex Silva trains hard at the Evolve Fighters Program.

ONE Superstar Alex Silva trains hard at the Evolve Fighters Program.

In order to maximize your performance in training, it’s crucial for you to take good care of your body. After all, you wouldn’t be able to learn all those techniques if your body isn’t functioning well. This is why successful martial artists make sure they get enough sleep, fuel up with proper pre- and post-workout nutrition, and schedule in rest days after several back-to-back training sessions. Basically, they treat their bodies with care and respect, so that they can be lean, mean, fighting machines.

If you find that you’re not getting the most out of every training session, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your lifestyle choices, and of course, start living healthy!

 

3) They set short term and long term goals

Shadowboxing can improve your rhythm and technique.

Shadowboxing can improve your rhythm and technique.

The best way to stay on track and move towards success is to set personal goals and keep working towards them. Also, they give you a clear view of where to go to and of course, motivate you to give your 100% every time you’re at the gym.

All successful martial artists understand the importance of goal setting, and usually have some short term goals that would ultimately lead them to long term goals. Apart from that, they constantly monitor themselves and keep tabs on their progress. They understand that goals without action are dreams, hence, they don’t just think, but instead, they do. They go all out and will do whatever it takes to achieve their goals – which of course, leads to their success.

 

4) They train hard, and regularly

ONE Superstar siblings Angela Lee and Christian Lee train together at the Evolve Fighters Program.

ONE Superstar siblings Angela Lee and Christian Lee train together at the Evolve Fighters Program.

Like all things in life, you have to work hard and stay dedicated in order to taste success. This is something that all successful martial artists are aware of. As a result, they make it a point to train consistently, and give their 100% to every session – even when they’re feeling tired. After all, it’s true that the mind gives up way before the body does.

So the next time you feel like throwing in the towel when you’re in the middle of training, remember why you’re even training in the first place – to become the best martial artist you can be.

 

5) They embrace mistakes and setbacks

The knee is a fundamental strike in Muay Thai.

The knee is a fundamental strike in Muay Thai.

In life, it’s inevitable to make mistakes and deal with setbacks. After all, we are only human, and we’re all works-in-progress. Unfortunately, we sometimes let these mistakes and setbacks affect us, and make us lose heart – or sometimes just give up altogether.

Successful martial artists understand that there’s no point getting disheartened and dwelling on mistakes which can drag them down. Instead, they learn from these situations and grow. When they do so, they can move forward and ultimately become the best version of themselves.

 

So tell us, which of these awesome habits do you intend to pick up?

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