When we do something repeatedly, it becomes a habit. If that action is a good one, then a good habit is formed. But what do you do when you’ve picked up bad habits?
As a martial artist who trains on a regular basis, there’s no doubt that you’ve developed certain habits that may hinder you from achieving your goals. Unfortunately, habits are hard to break, especially if you don’t identify them properly. Today, Evolve Daily shares 6 bad training habits that you probably aren’t aware of. Luckily for you, this is your chance to fix them and continue on your quest for greatness. Without further ado, here are some Brutally Honest Truths About Your Bad Training Habits:
1) Over training
Overtraining is one of the worst things you could do to your body. Your body needs time to recover from all the training you’ve done all week, and if you won’t let your body rest, you’ll definitely suffer the consequences later on. Injuries, burnout, insomnia – the list goes on. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing all that extra training to get ahead in class, if you keep on overtraining, you’ll definitely miss more than a few techniques.
2) Not practicing defense
One of the most common mistakes everyone makes in training is prioritizing working on offense over defense. It’s normal – everyone likes to work on attacks because they’re fun and exciting. But working on defense is something every good martial artist must do, whether they like it or not. After all, good defense allows you to stay one step ahead of your opponent as you land a counter move or two.
3) Skipping the basics
We all know how awesome it feels to finally land a spinning back elbow or submit someone with a twister. Using fancy techniques aren’t only fun to do; they’re also a way to showcase your superb technical knowledge. Although fancy techniques are fun to use, you must be familiar with the basic techniques as well. The greatest World Champions always emphasize the importance of mastering the basics before working on advanced techniques. This is because the basics are the foundation of every advanced technique out there. If you aren’t a threat with the basics, you are definitely setting yourself up for failure.
4) Being predictable
Everyone has a combination, submission and set of techniques that they love to use. They do it over and over again until it becomes their signature move. But what happens when everyone knows your signature move? Or worse; what if they know how to counter and defend your signature move? To prevent yourself from ever getting into this situation, you must have a variety of moves in your arsenal. You should always have backup techniques, counters and great defense to become a well-rounded martial artist.
5) Using more strength than technique
When you’re sparring, it’s easy to succumb to using strength, especially when you feel overwhelmed. It’s definitely easier to power through a spar rather than using technique to win a spar, especially if you’re bigger and stronger than your opponent. Unfortunately, taking the easy way out isn’t necessarily the smartest way out. Using strength only prevents you from learning from your mistakes and getting better, making you more one-sided instead of well-rounded (see number 4). Next time you spar, instead of bench pressing your opponent off of you, use a proper sidemount escape. Use your hips, shrimp out, do whatever it takes. But for your sake, please don’t use strength – you’ll see the benefits later on, trust us!
6) Bad form
Do you drop your hands after you finish a combination? Do you find yourself stumbling over because of bad footwork? Do you drop your left hand after you jab? Whether we realize it or not, the tiniest details make the biggest difference in everything we do in training. It makes us analyze every technique we do and how we do it. This helps us become more aware of our mistakes and what we need to work on to get better in our martial art of choice.
The great thing about fixing bad habits is that they eventually turn into good habits. To become a great martial artist, it is up to you to work towards creating and reinforcing good habits. Remember, everything you do in the gym is creating a habit – a good one or a bad one. Use your time wisely and don’t lose focus of your ultimate goal. Go on, you’ve got this!