In life, as well as in martial arts, finding the fast track to success is always a bonus. In martial arts, especially, getting comfortable with certain positions and techniques could take a lot of time. This is why it is important to cultivate learning at the beginning of one’s martial arts journey. The beginner phase is the toughest phase, as one tries to acclimate to training at least 3-4 times a week. When students find it too difficult to get past the beginner phase, they lose interest and eventually quit altogether.
As martial artists, we at Evolve Daily understand what you’re going though. But believe us, after getting over that tough learning curve as a beginner, it gets easier (kind of). All you need is a little help to get through this phase. Today, Evolve Daily shares 8 Habits To Help You Learn Techniques Faster:
1) Take notes
Unless you have a photographic memory, keeping notes from each training session will help you remember all that you’ve learned. And we’re not just talking about the techniques you’ve learned in class, you can also keep track of your spars as well the specific techniques you’d like to improve on in the future. To make this more of a habit, try to take notes right after your training session so that what you’ve learned is still fresh in your mind. This way, you won’t miss out on all the minor details that could possibly make all the difference!
2) Ask questions
In the past, we’ve talked about the importance of asking questions, especially about techniques you aren’t sure about. After explaining a technique, your instructor will often tell students to ask questions – don’t be shy and ask away! Your instructor is there to guide and help you become a better martial artist; he can’t do his job if you have doubts about what you’ve learned. Instead of trying to figure it out on your own (and miss a few important details in the process), ask your instructor or a higher ranked for student for help.
3) Drill before and after class
In our article on drilling, we talked about how drilling techniques before and after class could help us fix our mistakes and improve our current knowledge. Taking the time to drill helps you make techniques feel like second nature, as if it were reflex. The more advanced you become in your martial arts journey, the more advantages you’ll see in drilling. Start the drilling habit and make it part of your training!
4) Train with people of different skill levels
If you keep on sparring/ training with the same people, trust us, you won’t learn anything. After a few months, you’d have memorized each other’s favorite techniques – and where’s the challenge in that? To become a well-rounded martial artist, you need to train with people of different skill levels: someone more advanced than you (to guide and show you what you need to work on), someone at the same level as you (to properly gauge your progress and test your technical knowledge) and someone who you think you can dominate (to practice new techniques and test your technique).
5) Set goals for each training session
One of the best ways to motivate a person in training is goal-setting. Even in a class without sparring, having a goal is important if you want to challenge yourself. Think about the techniques you want to work on, or perhaps your strategy for a future competition – make the most of every class and give yourself a goal to work towards each class.
6) Train consistently
Training consistently doesn’t mean you should train everyday – it just means that you need to set a schedule and stick to it for as long as you can. To see improvement, you should be training a minimum of 3-4 times a week. To get better at martial arts, you need to make an effort to come in to class, no matter how tired you feel. It may be tough to put on your training gear and get the class started, but after 15 minutes, it will eventually get better!
7) Study outside of class
Take the time to study outside of class — whether it’s watching videos or reading your notes, you need to be thinking about martial arts as much as you can. The more time and energy you devote to martial arts, the more motivated you’ll be to train hard and achieve your goals.
8) Master the basics
Sure, it may look cool to try a fancy/sneaky move now and then, but good knowledge of the basics of your martial art of choice will definitely help you improve. The basics are the framework of which all fancy/advanced moves are built upon. Master the basics and it will be easier to perform those advanced moves!
Although there’s no magic shortcut to learning martial arts, there’s no doubt that these tips, along with determination and an unbreakable warrior spirit could help you improve. So tell us, which of these tips will you try today?