Are You Sabotaging Your Success In Martial Arts?

Everyone has what it takes to succeed in martial arts (and life, in general). It’s only a matter of how much you want it. Although some people might appear to be naturally gifted and able to nail down techniques more easily than others, here’s the thing: hard work and dedication always beats talent. After all, how much you choose to invest in your martial arts journey is how much you’re going to eventually get out of it.

Have you been training for quite some time but feel like you aren’t making any progress? If that’s the case, you might be sabotaging your success – whether you realize it or not. At Evolve Daily, we believe that no one starts something wishing to fail, and that’s why we’ve put together a list of 7 Signs You Are Sabotaging Your Success In Martial Arts, so read on to find out if you’re doing any of these:

1) You train only when you feel like it

Sparring is a great way to deepen your understanding of the techniques you learned in class.

Sparring is a great way to deepen your understanding of the techniques you learned in class.

You’ll face many ups and downs during your martial arts journey. No matter how passionate you are about it, there will definitely still be those days where the last thing you want to do is train. But how do you react to this? Do you let those feelings consume you and give in to them? Or do you go to the gym anyway, and attend that class as you planned to?

If you happen to fall in the first category and find that you’re not as consistent as you were at the start, or during your “better” periods, then this could likely be what’s sabotaging your success in martial arts.

 

2) You don’t get guidance from your instructor when you’re unsure

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also known as “The Gentle Art”.

You might be afraid to ask questions in class – especially when you worry that you might sound stupid, or if your questions are even worth asking. Well, the thing is, if you don’t clarify your doubts, you would have a harder time understanding the technique you just learned. So why not just find out once and for all, everything that you need to know? Trust us, you’d be able to progress much better this way.

Psst! If you absolutely can’t bring yourself to raise any questions in class, then why not approach your instructor before or after the lesson? We’re pretty sure he’d be more than happy to guide you.

 

3) You don’t pay attention in class

There's never a dull moment in BJJ, with the many techniques there are to master.

There’s never a dull moment in BJJ, with the many techniques there are to master.

We know that there might be times when you zone out or get distracted in the middle of class, but this isn’t going to help you improve! Even if you find that you don’t understand what your instructor is saying, do your best to focus on what he’s explaining – and if you still don’t get it, see #2 for what to do!

 

4) You tell yourself you aren’t good enough

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.

Every now and then, you might doubt yourself – this is totally normal. But you need to understand that this is your inner voice of self doubt which you have to learn to tune out, because you’re more than capable of achieving greatness. Whenever you start to feel like you aren’t good enough, it helps to look back and see how far you’ve come since that first day you set foot in the gym. Also, remember that every day is a new chance to improve – and focus on that!

 

5) You have unrealistic expectations

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

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

World Champions aren’t made overnight. That’s why it helps to set short term goals that ultimately lead you to your long term goals. By expecting too much, you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment – and as a result, there’s a chance you might give up more easily. Remember, nothing worth having comes easy, so if you wish to taste success, press on and don’t ever give up!

Also, you should always be honest with yourself. This would not only keep your ego in check, but also enable you to effectively track your progress and figure out which areas to improve on.

 

6) You constantly make excuses

ONE Lightweight Superstar Shinya Aoki has a black belt in both BJJ and Judo.

Whether you’re “too busy” or have “no time to hit the gym” – one thing’s for sure: these excuses are only going to take you further away from your goals and success in martial arts. Although these excuses might seem harmless, you’re actually causing yourself a great deal of damage, especially if you repeatedly make excuses week after week. So if you’re guilty of making excuses, then it’s time to kick this bad habit and focus on becoming the best martial artist you can be.

 

7) You don’t plan ahead

Training with the heavy bag improves your coordination and technique.

Training with the heavy bag improves your coordination and technique.

A wise man once said “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. We couldn’t agree more. Martial arts is no exception to this rule. If you wish to achieve success, then you should make sure you plan ahead – be it when you intend to train, or which technique you want to drill and utilize during your next sparring session. By having tangible plans, you’re more likely to stick to them and follow through. So just take 10 minutes every day to figure it out and get it on paper, or key it in your phone!

 

So tell us, are you ready to get the most out of your martial arts journey and reach your goals?

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