Regardless of how long they’ve been training, martial artists always find themselves asking the same questions.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a martial arts oracle out there to help them solve their problems. If you’re a martial artist and have asked yourself any of these questions, then you’re in for a treat.
Today, Evolve Daily reveals the answers to the 8 Questions Martial Artists Ask Themselves:
1) How can I train more?
Training while working full-time is not the easiest thing to do. Getting stuck in a meeting or having to finish a deadline is not uncommon, often affecting your regular training hours. Sometimes, you may not even be able to train at all!
Instead of worrying about falling behind in class due to your hectic work schedule, think about what you can do in your spare time that will help enhance your training. Whether it’s writing notes or even watching tutorial videos, just remember that every little thing helps!
2) Why do I gas out during training?
Worried about why you can’t last through the whole training session without gasping for air while other people in class look like they haven’t even broke a sweat? Stop worrying about everyone else and focus on learning the technique properly instead.
Remember, it’s not always about being the best or the most athletic. It’s about progressing with purpose and improving at least 1% day.
3) Why can’t I understand the technique?
When we first start training martial arts, we are exposed to many different techniques. Like sponges, we soak them up eagerly, diligently working on what we’ve learned during each training session. But what happens when you don’t understand the technique?
Some techniques aren’t meant to suit all body styles. Some techniques are also awkward and some could be quite complex. We all learn at a different pace so we must be patient and take the time to work on the technique outside class. If you still can’t get it right, ask your instructor. He will be there to guide you step-by-step and fix whatever you’re doing wrong.
4) When will I get promoted?
Promotion time is probably one of the most awaited moments of any martial artist’s training experience. Nothing feels better than being rewarded for all the hard work you’ve put into your martial art of choice.
Thinking about being promoted shouldn’t be your main goal while training martial arts. Instead, think about the small achievements you’ve made throughout the years. Finally landing a perfect roundhouse kick or passing someone’s spider guard — these are rewards in itself!
5) Why does he look more fit than I do?
Although a rock hard set of six-pack abs might be the end goal for many martial artist, it shouldn’t be your focus. You are there to learn martial arts and unleash the greatness that’s inside of you.
Remember, not everyone is at the same level of athleticism. There are some people who have trained martial arts for years and some who are complete beginners. It doesn’t matter how much more fit someone is compared to you. What matters is that you’re in the gym, ready to change your life. And don’t worry; the six-pack abs will come soon enough.
6) Why is my bag so heavy?
When you train martial arts, whether it be Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai or boxing, the weight and bulkiness of a gi or a pair of gloves (or both) may seem troublesome, especially if you’re commuting.
Before complaining, remember how much effort you’ve put into training and perfecting the techniques you’ve learned. You should treat your gear like a badge of honor, representing all the hard work and time you’ve put into martial arts.
7) Which questions should I ask my instructor?
A common mistake that many martial artists make is that they don’t ask their instructor enough questions. Or sometimes, they don’t ask any questions at all. Your instructor is there to guide you and help you in any way that they can. They want you to improve and work to your fullest potential. That’s how much they believe in you!
Should you work up enough courage to ask your instructor a question or two, keep your improvement in mind. Only your instructor can give you a detailed guide on how to fix your mistakes and help you become the best martial artist you can be.
8) How do I become like my instructor?
With a wealth of experience in martial arts – training, competing; your instructor has been through it all. He knows what it’s like to devote yourself entirely to martial arts, shedding sweat and tears for glory. There’s no doubt that there’s an awesome inspiring story behind it all.
Sit down with your instructor after class and share your goals. Not only will he give you advice on how to reach them but also tell you what he’s done personally to achieve what he has.
As martial artists, it is only natural to ask ourselves these questions. We want to know what it takes to get better, paving a clearer path to our goals. Without a doubt, this will make us better martial artists in the end.