In order to succeed in martial arts, both your body and mind must be in harmony. In sparring, especially, your mental and physical strength is put to the test as you prove your mettle against your sparring partner or opponent. Don’t get us wrong; doing well in sparring is a goal we would all like to achieve. Unfortunately, sometimes, our ego gets in the way and our initial plan goes awry.
To make the most of every BJJ, Boxing, Muay Thai, MMA or wrestling session, you must have a certain mindset to set the tone for the next 60 minutes. The mindset you have could determine your success not only in martial arts, but also how you view life in general. Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Mindsets You Must Have For Training Martial Arts:
1) You can achieve anything you want to
Regardless of when you started martial arts, your gender or social status, you can achieve anything you want to in martial arts. All you need is the will to keep on going and the courage to step up to whatever challenges you might face in training. Set a goal and work towards it. The moment you start making excuses about why you can’t achieve your goal is when you decide to be defeated. Your worst opponent is the person staring at you in the mirror.
2) You will accomplish all your goals and more
Many people are satisfied with being an average martial arts student. They do not attempt new techniques and stick to their comfort zones. They know what works and are afraid of what might happen when it doesn’t. These are the same students that become stagnant in their games and somehow end up quitting martial arts altogether. Set your mind to accomplish goals beyond what’s expected of you. You need to believe in yourself, that you can achieve anything you want to and more. All you need to do is start NOW.
3) You have work ethic
All World Champions, regardless of the martial art they practice, have one thing in common – a strong work ethic. They work tirelessly just to ensure that nothing gets in the way of their success. For the average martial arts student, this mindset is one of the most difficult to attain. Not everyone is cut out for the hard work that goes into becoming a World Champion, but attempting to and wanting to will get you a few steps closer.
4) You are in control of your ego
As a student, you absorb knowledge from your instructor and put those lessons into action during sparring. Learning is your main focus and everything else comes after that. There’s no need to spaz out on your training partners or use strength over technique. Doing any of these does not reflect anything that your instructor taught you. Acknowledging that you still have a lot to learn shows that you are in control of your ego. It also shows that being a better student is more important to you than feeding your ego.
5) You are ready for any challenge that comes your way
To become great at any martial art, you will need to challenge yourself in ways that you had never thought possible. You will need to train when you don’t feel like it. You will need to make better food choices, even when you’re craving for junk food. You will need to drill over and over again, even if you think you know a technique well enough. Being great at something isn’t easy. To be great, you will need to step outside of your comfort zone. You can do it, because you WANT it.
Your martial arts journey is in your hands — it is up to you how far you want to take it. You know what you need to do in order to get there. Showing up to training is a start, but what you actually do in the class will make all the difference. So tell us, when will you start applying these mindsets to your martial arts journey?