As martial artists, we’re always looking for that extra edge to boost our performance in training. Whether we’re training for competition or just looking to get better overall, sports psychology can definitely help us achieve our goals.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 7 Psychology Tricks To Boost Your Martial Arts Training. It doesn’t matter which martial art you train, we’re certain that you can definitely apply this to your weekly training routine!
1) First and last.
People always remember the first and last thing that happens to them and forget whatever happens in between that. If you’re trying to figure out a technique, ask your instructor or a more advanced student for help before or after class.
To remember what you learned during class, take down notes as soon as your training session is done. This way, everything will still be fresh in your memory!
2) Teach and learn.
The more we train martial arts, the more we realize how much we have yet to learn. There are hundreds, thousands of techniques out there and possibly new ones that no one knows about yet. We can get so overwhelmed that we may find it difficult to learn new things.
According to experts, the best way to learn is to teach. If you’re looking to master a particular technique, consult your instructor then teach it to one of your training partners. You’ll get it down sooner than you realize!
3) Stay present.
Sometimes, we can’t help but get distracted during training. We think about all the mistakes we’ve made in the past, what we need to do to get promoted, or even about what we’re going to have for dinner. Staying in the present moment requires a lot of practice. It requires focus, determination and will power to stick to what’s happening right now.
Let go of everything else and concentrate on what you need to do at the present moment – do you need to adjust your grips, increase your pace, concentrate more on sparring? Don’t worry about everything else, it will all eventually fall into place.
4) Manageable goals.
Make your ultimate goal more manageable by breaking down your training goals into smaller, more achievable ones. For example, if your ultimate goal is to compete in a tournament by the end of the month, break it down even further by giving yourself one day to create a game plan, dedicate two days a week for extra cardio, and so forth.
Write your goals out and discuss them with your instructor and teammates, they’ll give you the support and guidance that you need!
5) Make things difficult for yourself.
The more difficult you make things for yourself, experts say that you will appreciate it more and decide that what you’ve done is actually important and worthwhile. Even if you realize later on that the hardship you put yourself through was unnecessary, it still works to your advantage because you’ve accomplished the goal you set for yourself.
Many of us aren’t full-time athletes and it can be easy to get distracted and put off our goals for the meantime. But if we constantly try to push ourselves to the limit, we certainly won’t lose track of what we need to do. And, we might actually get what we wanted in the first place.
6) Don’t feel bad about your mistakes.
Everyone makes mistakes: the most advanced students in class, the newbies, and even our instructors. It’s only human to do so, nobody’s perfect after all. Often times, we are afraid to make mistakes because we are programmed to slap ourselves on the wrist for anything we’ve done wrong. After all, it’s what we’ve been taught since we were children.
However, there are also positive consequences for any mistake committed. Maybe you didn’t reach your end goal of winning all your spars for that day but instead of feeling down, look back at those spars and at the mistakes you’ve made. Chances are, you could probably learn from them and use it to your advantage next time around!
7) Create a habit.
Experts say that it takes approximately 66 days to form a habit. Each day, we probably go through the same routine: wake up, check your email, check Facebook or Instagram and get on with the rest of your day. For some reason, some tasks become a habit. There’s something that motivates us to do them, even if they aren’t particularly helpful.
How did they become habits in the first place? According to experts, probably because they were easy to do. We could mindlessly turn on our phones and keep scrolling, without much effort. Imagine if we could do the same for training — take notes, do extra cardio, drill after training, ask questions. Could you imagine how much you would improve?
Tell us, which tricks will you try this week?