“Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.” – Bruce Lee
How many times have you gone all out for a ‘fad’, only to burn out and then decide you’re over it? Well, this happens when you give in to the lack of momentum during your ‘lull’ periods, or perhaps when you lose focus along the way. One thing’s for sure though – it is important to genuinely enjoy what you do, so you’ll be passionate about it and stick to it for the long run.
It’s no different when it comes to training martial arts. Apart from having fun on the mats, it’s also crucial to be consistent and stay dedicated – even when things get tough. You could be the strongest, biggest, or most talented fighter but without regular training and drilling, you’d lose out to your more consistent counterparts. After all, you reap what you sow. And if you notice, the one thing that all successful athletes have in common is that of consistent training over the years.
Are you ready to commit to your training? Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Reasons Why Consistency Is So Important In Martial Arts:
1) Because it will build up your fitness
Ask any martial artist, and you’ll find out that fitness is an important aspect of good performance. After all, you wouldn’t want to gas out halfway through when in the ring, and lose because of that! Fortunately, fitness is something you can develop, even if you start off as a couch potato.
Think about it: the more time you spend in the gym, the more conditioned your body will be. All those hours of training and drilling will not only build up your stamina but also your flexibility, endurance, and strength. Hence, enabling you to maximize your performance.
2) Because you’ll make steady progress
Like everything else in life, you’ll have to work hard in order to see results when it comes to martial arts. If you really wish to become the best martial artist you can be, or perhaps fight in the cage someday, then it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. Work out a training schedule that can fit well with your daily one, so that it will be easy to integrate your training into your life. Of course, this is only how it begins, so make sure you follow through by actually going for training! Trust us, the more consistently you train, the more progress you’ll make as a martial artist and the closer you’ll get to your goals.
3) Because you’ll understand techniques much better
One of the biggest things that will contribute to your progress as a martial artist is your understanding and execution of the various techniques. And as we all know by now, practice makes perfect. By consistently training and drilling, you’ll deepen your practice, and be able to make sense of all the techniques you learned in class. As a result, you’ll be able to apply them effectively when you’re sparring or fighting.
4) Because it improves your mental and emotional health
Did you know that training consistently can help enhance your mood and improve your overall mental health? Whenever you engage in regular physical activity, your body releases endorphins, which make you feel great after your sweat session. So if you’re a stressed out individual, then you should definitely train martial arts on a regular basis. After all, you’ll be reducing your stress levels and feel great – not to mention, sculpting your body and getting fit as well!
5) Because it’s the best way to achieve success
Whether it’s in the ring, at work, or in life in general, we’re pretty sure you want to be successful, right? Well, one way to do that is by being consistent with your martial arts training. At this point, you might be wondering how martial arts is even related to your success in life. Well, you’d be surprised at just how much it can help! When you push yourself to train consistently, you’ll learn to persist and inevitably get much stronger – both physically and mentally. What’s more, you’ll be able to unleash your potential as you’ll inherit courage, discipline, confidence, humility, and a warrior spirit, from your training. These are all great traits that you’ll take along with you even when you aren’t on the mats.
There’s no doubt that martial arts offer plenty of benefits, so why not get the most out of your training by being consistent? Go on, you got this!