7 Things I Stopped Doing Ever Since I Started Martial Arts

Martial arts is a lifelong journey that builds you up to become your best self, both physically and mentally. Ask any martial artist about how their lives have been changed, and you’ll discover that part of it includes picking up good habits. Along the way, they’ve also stopped doing some things – and it’s all for the better. 

Today, Evolve Daily shares 7 Things You’ll Stop Doing When You Start Martial Arts:

1) Comparing yourself to others

ONE Superstar Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke teaches Muay Thai at Evolve MMA.

ONE Superstar Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke teaches Muay Thai at Evolve MMA.

The problem with comparing yourself to “better” people is that it only makes you feel lousy about yourself. But the thing is, everyone learns and grows at their own pace. So there’s really no need to be “better” than your peers, or whoever you’re comparing yourself to.

When you pick up martial arts, you’ll understand that your journey is your own, and all that matters is your own progress. That’s why the only person you’ll compete with is yourself, and you’ll keep working on improving by 1% everyday.

 

2) Putting yourself down 

BJJ is designed to enable a smaller person to overcome a bigger, stronger opponent.

BJJ is designed to enable a smaller person to overcome a bigger, stronger opponent.

Although reality checks can do you some good, too much self-criticism and negative self-talk gets you nowhere. In fact, it sometimes prevents you from reaching your potential. Also, it causes you to lose confidence – not just as a martial artist, but also as a person. In more serious cases, you’ll stop believing in yourself and this would prevent you from unleashing your greatness.

You’ll learn to be kind to yourself at some point during your martial arts journey. After all, why beat yourself up when every day is a new chance to get better?

 

3) Giving up easily

Sparring is a great way to elevate your game.

Sparring is a great way to elevate your game.

How many times have you given up just because things got tough? It’s always easier to run away or throw in the towel when things start to get difficult. But here’s the thing: no one ever achieved success by giving up.

One of the best things about martial arts is that it helps you get stronger both physically and mentally. It forges an unbreakable warrior spirit within you, so you’ll be able to overcome your obstacles and push past your limits to achieve whatever you want in life.

 

4) Treating your stomach like a trash can

Boxing is one of the oldest and most efficient combat sports.

Boxing is one of the oldest and most efficient combat sports.

At some point, we’ve all been guilty of stuffing our faces and overindulging in junk food. Although these foods taste good, they have zero nutrition, and sometimes add inches to our waistline or put us at risk of various diseases.

Because your body needs proper nutrition to maximize your performance in training, you’ll learn to stop mindlessly eating junk food and binge drinking when you pick up martial arts. Apart from that, you’ll also learn to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep and making healthier lifestyle choices.

 

5) Shying away from challenges

BJJ is a great way to bully-proof your kids.

BJJ is a great way to bully-proof your kids.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is part and parcel of your martial arts journey. The more you do this, the bolder you get – and the less intimidating things seem. Apart from that, you’ll also notice that you stop making excuses to avoid things. Instead, you’ll learn to take risks and embrace challenges because this is really the best way to expand your horizons and grow.

 

6) Worrying about what others think

Strength and conditioning is an important aspect of every martial artist's training.

Strength and conditioning is an important aspect of every martial artist’s training.

Think about it: why should another person’s thoughts shape your decisions or define who you are as a person? At the end of the day, you’re the one leading your life, so it’s up to you to make your own decisions and take action.

When you start martial arts, you’ll stop letting others put you down or worry about what they think. This is because you’ll gain confidence, and be more certain about yourself and your goals.

 

7) Expecting results without hard work

ONE Superstar Amir Khan trains hard at the Evolve Fighters Program.

ONE Superstar Amir Khan trains hard at the Evolve Fighters Program.

Every martial artist understands the value of hard work, and the fact that there can be no results without hard work. That’s why you’ll do whatever it takes to reach your goals – even if it means sacrificing social time or extra sleep during the weekends. After all, there’s no shortcut to success!

 

The good thing about stopping all these things is that you’ll make room for newer, better habits – and this would carry over to your daily life as well! So you’d be able to be the best version of yourself, both inside and out the gym.

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