Embrace The Journey: 6 Ways To Enjoy Every Step Of Your Martial Arts Adventure

So you’ve probably embarked on your martial arts journey and have either started training, or been doing so for awhile now. Regardless of which part of your journey you’ve made it to at this point, we believe that there are some things you can do to get the most out of your training, and of course – enjoy every moment on the mats.

That’s why today, Evolve Daily shares 6 Ways To Enjoy Every Step Of Your Martial Arts Adventure:

1) Focus on the process rather than the end result

Angela Lee from the Evolve Fight Team

ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee trains hard at the Evolve Fighters Program.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re at the beginning of your martial arts journey or if you’ve been training for over a decade. There will be times when you get impatient and feel like you aren’t reaching your goals fast enough. But here’s the thing: progress is always way more important than perfection. After all, the journey – rather than the destination – is what shapes you and builds your character. So the next time you feel that you’re not getting results fast enough, take a step back and look at how far you’ve come from day 1.

 

2) Celebrate every victory, however small it may seem

Martial arts is a great way to keep your kids active.

Martial arts is a great way to keep your kids active.

Because every small step leads you to big things, we believe that it’s worth celebrating even the simple things – such as having a healthy meal or making it to the gym for a Muay Thai class after work. After all, these small victories ultimately add up! And by celebrating all these mini achievements along the way, you’ll definitely be happier with your progress and have a more enjoyable journey.

 

3) Stop comparing yourself to your peers

BJJ Black Belt and Champion Thiago “Guli” Kozama teaches BJJ at Evolve MMA.

BJJ Black Belt and Champion Thiago “Guli” Kozama teaches BJJ at Evolve MMA.

Your journey is your own. That’s why there’s no need to feel superior or inferior to anyone. Unfortunately, we sometimes consciously or subconsciously compete with others and as a result, get disheartened or feel inadequate – and these negative feelings and thoughts take us further away from our martial arts goals. However, the only person you should ever compare yourself to or compete with is you. By doing so, you’d focus on continuous self improvement, and this would eventually help you unleash your potential, so you can evolve into the best version of yourself.

 

4) Get out of your comfort zone as much as you can

Heavy bag training improves your technique, strength and coordination.

Heavy bag training improves your technique, strength and coordination.

We’ve said this before, and you’ll say it again: do one thing that scares you every day – be it skydiving or trying a new martial art! While it might seem scary in that moment, believe us when we say it’s worth it. After all, courage cannot exist without fear, and you can’t grow and learn without taking risks. When you get comfortable with discomfort, you’d not only become a bolder individual, but also embrace the process of leaving your safe boundaries – and actually have fun while you’re expanding your horizons!

 

5) Don’t be afraid to fail

Shadow boxing is an important aspect of training.

Shadow boxing is an important aspect of training.

One of the reasons why people prefer to stick with the familiar is because they’re afraid to fail. But here’s the thing: you can’t learn if you don’t make mistakes. So whether you’re in or out of the gym, don’t be afraid to take risks. It helps to remember that you can always pick yourself up and try again even if you fail. After all, what matters is that you ultimately don’t give up! Once you learn to not see failure as a negative thing, you wouldn’t second guess yourself as much – and the best part? You’d be more than happy to take the leap, which might ultimately lead you to success.

 

6) Always train with a beginner’s mind

It is important to warm up properly before your BJJ class.

It is important to warm up properly before your BJJ class.

After training for awhile, you might not be as inquisitive as you were at the beginning. After all, you’ve already learned the fundamentals and understand what’s going on. As a result, you might start to find training boring and become unmotivated. Well, we believe that it helps to approach your training, or anything in life, with a curious mind – like how you were at the start of your journey. By doing so, you’d not only keep things fresh and fun, but also be open to learning new things, or perhaps even picking up the finer details of that technique you thought you mastered.

 

So tell us, are you ready to make your martial arts adventure the most epic one ever?

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