6 Small Victories Every Martial Artist Should Celebrate

Victories come in all shapes and sizes. Some are huge, while others aren’t as big. The problem is, we sometimes focus too much on the larger ones that we miss out on the small ones that we achieve along the way. But here’s the thing: the small victories matter just as much as the big ones! Although our bigger victories appear to be much more exciting and significant, we need to remember that the little victories ultimately add up, and eventually lead us to great things.

Today, Evolve Daily shares 6 Small Victories Every Martial Artist Should Celebrate:

1) Heading to the gym for a workout

Punching a heavy bag builds your strength and co-ordination.

Punching a heavy bag builds your strength and co-ordination.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s waking up earlier and training while most people are still asleep, or sacrificing social gatherings for a gym session after work. As long as you decide to go to the gym (and actually make it there), half the battle is won. After all, you can’t get a good workout if you don’t even have the intention to do so!

 

2) Trying out a new martial art

BJJ enables a smaller person to overcome a bigger, stronger opponent.

BJJ enables a smaller person to overcome a bigger, stronger opponent.

So perhaps you’ve been training Boxing or Muay Thai for awhile, and decide to pick up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or vice versa. Well, we believe that it’s a great move worth celebrating! This is because cross-training helps you become a more well-rounded martial artist. What’s more, you’ll be picking up new skills – be it striking or grappling, as well as engaging and strengthening your various muscle groups.

 

3) Establishing a training routine

A 60-minute Muay Thai class can burn up to 1,000 calories.

A 60-minute Muay Thai class can burn up to 1,000 calories.

Yes, this might not sound like a big deal – but trust us, it is! Think about it – without proper planning and a training schedule to keep to, there’s a chance you wouldn’t go to the gym regularly. However, if you actually set aside training time on specific days, you’d be more likely to stay disciplined and go ahead with it since you already accounted for it.

 

4) Training regularly

3x Muay Thai World Champion Chaowalith Jocky Gym teaches at Evolve MMA.

3x Muay Thai World Champion Chaowalith Jocky Gym teaches at Evolve MMA.

When you diligently go for classes and train hard, week after week, you’d definitely see improvements in your performance. After all, practice makes perfect! So remember to give yourself credit for showing up (and powering through) that full hour of training.

During the moments when you feel like you aren’t “good enough” yet, remember that progress is more important than perfection – and that you’re definitely well on your way to achieving your goals. So keep it up, and continue to train regularly!

 

5) Mastering new techniques

With so many techniques to master, there's never a dull moment in BJJ class!

With so many techniques to learn, there’s never a dull moment in BJJ class!

Although certain techniques might be easier for you to understand and grasp, it doesn’t mean you should brush them off! After all, every technique counts – and all the techniques you learn will ultimately add up. We believe that every technique you nail down matters, because they play a part in expanding your martial arts knowledge and skills. Hence, elevating your game by leaps and bounds.

You should also give yourself a pat on the back if you deepen your understanding of those techniques by explaining or teaching someone who approaches you for help!

 

6) Making healthier lifestyle choices

boxing at Evolve Far East Square

WBC Boxing World Champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam teaches Boxing at Evolve Far East Square.

It takes a great deal of discipline and self-control to go to bed at 10pm every night and wake up at 6am for morning runs (yes, even on weekends), or to resist the unhealthy junk food cravings. That’s why when you manage to do anything that benefits your body, be proud of it. Be proud of yourself for choosing to be healthy, and of course, continue to make that choice everyday.

 

There might be days where you reach a point when you feel like your goals are too far away. If this happens, focus on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go. We’re pretty sure that you’re closer to those goals today as compared to yesterday! So keep moving forward, and don’t wait till you’ve reached your destination to be proud of yourself. Instead, embrace every step of your journey!

Psst! Celebrating your small victories is one of the keys that will unlock your fast track to success in martial arts! For the full list, click here.

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