Every martial artist understands that goal setting is a must, especially if they want to take their martial arts skills to the next level. As the new year rolls in, more and more martial artists become concerned with their goals, with a newfound determination to meet them.
Because we’re martial artists ourselves, we, at Evolve Daily, understand how important it is to have the proper mindset coming into the new year. Today, we share 6 New Year Resolutions Every Martial Artist Needs To Make:
1) Set realistic goals
We don’t mean that you have to get promoted to the next level. We think that you should take your attitude about training to the next level instead. Think like a World Champion and set realistic goals for yourself this year. This is the time to take control of your martial arts goals! Whenever you train, visualize your goals and think about how much you want to achieve them. You’ll be surprised at how far this attitude will take you!
Tip: Give yourself a due date for your goals. For example: “I want to lose 10 pounds so I can compete in a lower weight class in March.” Doing so will make it easier for you to quantify your goals. Try it out!
2) Choose new sparring partners
For one reason or another, many of us have the habit of choosing the same sparring partners whenever we train. Maybe it’s because we feel comfortable with certain people or maybe we’re afraid to be challenged. Whatever our reason may be, we need to stop!
Taking on new sparring partners could bring a whole new edge to our games. It will open us up to different styles and techniques, giving us the opportunity to take our games to the next level.
Tip: On your next sparring session, choose 3 partners: someone who is better than you, someone who is the same level as you and someone who is a beginner.
Sparring with someone better than you will reveal all the techniques that you need to learn while sparring with someone with the same level will teach you which techniques you need to work on. Never dismiss sparring with a beginner – you’ll be able to practice the new techniques you’ve learned in class and check if they work or not.
3) Try another martial art
If you’ve been practicing BJJ for a few years, why not try a striking art like Boxing or Muay Thai out? And if you’ve been doing striking, why not give grappling a try? Cross-training not only boosts weight loss but also helps you get so much better at martial arts in general.
Interested? Read more about cross-training here.
Tip: Try to include at least one session of another martial art in your weekly repertoire. Who knows, you might find yourself add in one more session because you’ve enjoyed it so much!
4) Train more
Nothing conditions your body more than putting in a few more hours of training into your weekly schedule. Learning new techniques and getting extra sparring time will undoubtedly make you a better martial artist and will get you closer to your goals in no time at all!
Tip: Try to squeeze in at least one or two more training sessions per week to your usual repertoire. It might feel a bit much at first, but you’ll eventually get used to it after awhile!
Not all training is done in class. What you do after and before class is definitely important because it determines how dedicated you truly are to martial arts. Watching tutorial videos of your favorite martial artist or even just drilling with a partner is already more than what you’re doing in class.
Remember, every little thing helps. Whether it’s just thinking about martial arts or reading an article on martial arts, it all contributes to making you the best martial artist you could possibly be.
Tip: Self-study with purpose. Try to align your self-study time with a particular goal. This way, you’ll be able to reach your goal faster than your allotted time!
6) Practice what you’ve learned
When you’ve trained martial arts awhile and regularly spar, you tend to forget to practice what you’ve learned in class. Whatever your reason for doing so, it is important that you implement the techniques you’ve been taught, especially during sparring.
This is the only way to evolve as a martial artist, especially if you have goals that you need to achieve. Instead of sticking to your a-game all the time, explore other options and incorporate the new techniques you’ve learned in class. There’s no doubt that this will make you a better martial artist, whether you realize it or not.
Tip: Pick three techniques you’ve learned in the past week and use them during sparring. It doesn’t matter if someone taps you out or knocks you down – what matters is that you tried and that you’re working on improving your techniques, one step at a time.
There’s no doubt that goal setting is a crucial factor in your quest towards improvement. Not only does it serve as inspiration during times of disinterest, but it will also remind you of your commitment to yourself and to martial arts.
So tell us, which of these resolutions will you include in your list?