It’s no secret that it takes a lot of hard work to become a successful martial artist, let alone become a World Champion. It takes years of constant training and competing to become the best in the sport. Thus, it’s no surprise that these values translate to success in the real world. And to achieve success, you need to put in the hours and build the skill set you’ll need to reach your goals. This undoubtedly takes time and lots of patience – values that martial artists learn from their daily training sessions. If you’re looking to become the best version of yourself, perhaps you should take some of the life hacks martial artists have learned and apply them in your daily life. Curious? Read on to find out the 5 life hacks every martial artist knows:
Life Hack #1 – Be Adaptable
One of martial arts legend Bruce Lee’s famous quotes – “Be like water, my friend” – talks about being adaptable to our surroundings. Life is full of surprises, you never know what’s going to be thrown your way next. The only way to prepare for it? Adapt! The more willing we are to learn new things and open ourselves up to new experiences, the better chances we get to expand our knowledge and grow as people.
Life Hack #2 – Be A Goal Setter (And Getter)
When was the last time you set goals for yourself and actually pushed through with them? What happened after? Nothing? That’s probably right. There’s no point in setting goals if you’re not going to do anything about them. When you practice martial arts, you know that if you want to get better, you need to set goals and work hard to achieve them. Whether it’s through extra sparring or drilling, you won’t get better if you don’t put in the time. By giving yourself a clear set of goals and a timeline to complete them, you’re more likely to follow through and push yourself to achieve them.
Life Hack #3 – Be Disciplined
If you look at all the successful people in business, martial arts, or other walks of life, you’ll find that they all have one thing in common – they are disciplined. They know that they have to put in the hours, the effort, and attention to succeed. If they don’t, everything that they’ve worked so hard for will just fall apart. The best way to keep everything together? Have the discipline to stay on top of things at all times – that means no slacking off even if everyone else is taking a break, showing up early, going above and beyond what is required of you. This is one of the most important lessons you’ll learn in martial arts – the people who actually show up to training, make the time to drill techniques, ask questions, and do extra strength and conditioning classes are the ones who usually do the best in class.
Life Hack #4 – Be Humble
When you train martial arts, you’ll find that your peers, no matter their physical limitations, will eventually catch up to you – provided that they put in the work. Anyone who trains hard and goes the extra mile in class will reap the benefits of their hard work. This is why it’s important to stay humble and always be open to learning. Everyone, including the most decorated BJJ black belts, know that martial arts is a constant learning process and that there are still many techniques to discover. The more willing you are to admitting your mistakes, being adaptable, and open-minded, the easier it will be for you to progress and reach your goals.
Life Hack #5 – Be OK With Failing Every Once In A While
Even the greatest Muay Thai World champions and BJJ World Champions have had a few losses in their careers. They probably also have their bad training days where they just get tapped out or beaten by their training partners. But instead of dwelling on their mistakes and losses, they get right back up and learn from them. This trait is what separates champions from your average athlete. Champions know that losing or failing is inevitable, it’s what they do afterward that could make all the difference. Th same thing goes for our everyday lives. There may be times when we might perform poorly at work, or not get that promotion we worked so hard for. But deciding that it won’t break us and just thinking of it as a learning experience will help us grow in so many ways.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never practiced martial arts or have trained for several years – there are many lessons to be learned, on and off the mats. Why not experience these benefits for yourself and start your martial arts journey by booking a complimentary trial class today!
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