At some point during your martial arts training, you notice a shift. You begin to exhibit a unique sense of confidence. Not the false kind, but the kind that lives in your core and gives you that feeling deep down inside that you know exactly what you’re doing when you hit the gym.
There was a time when, at one point, you felt awkward, not really knowing if the techniques you were performing were technically sound. That has all changed, of course, after hundreds of hours honing your craft. Now, all you can feel is a craving to continue to explore your capabilities as a martial artist.
But there is only so much that training can do to satiate that hunger for self-discovery. Striking the bag, rolling with your gym mates, and working the pads just won’t cut it anymore. In order to truly test yourself and your capabilities, you begin to realize the next level of your evolution.
You’re ready to test your skills in competition.
There are many telltale signs that you are physically and mentally prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Today, Evolve Daily shares five ways you know if you’re ready to try out for the Evolve Competition Team on November 25-26.
1) You pretty much live in the gym
It cannot be understated that, before you even think of stepping into competition, that you would have had to already logged the hours. Martial arts is a serious discipline, and it takes a special sort of person to be able to willingly enter a real fight.
There’s no skirting around it. The first sign of knowing you are ready for competition is the amount of time you are spending in the gym.
When you’re hooked on training, and you’re working on your techniques every day, that’s when it may be time to test your knowledge out for real and compete. You’re pretty much living in the gym at this point, and you couldn’t be any happier.
2) You’re constantly invested in bettering your skills and techniques
Maybe you want to tighten up your guard to further protect yourself from getting submitted, or maybe you’re looking tweak your hook technique ever so slightly to increase your chances of landing a knockout blow. Whatever the small changes you make to your game, it all boils down to your desire to constantly better your skills and techniques.
When you become dedicated to consistent, daily improvement, you begin to exhibit the unique qualities of a prizefighter. Soon, you’ll be seeking recognition of the highest order.
Part of being a competitive martial artist is focusing on bettering your technique because it could one day mean the difference between victory and defeat.
3) You understand what it takes to win
Maybe you’ve thought about it, the idea of competing against your peers. It’s not an idea which is new to you. You’ve pondered just how much it would take for you to be comfortable in stepping inside the ring, or onto the mats, to not only compete but also to win.
You begin to understand what being a fighter means and what it requires of an individual. You tell yourself you have to train for hours every single day, maintain a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle, sleep early at night and give up a few bad habits.
But you know what? You’re willing to do all of this because you know, at the end of the day, you’ll be rewarded with that which you seek — victory.
4) There’s a deep crave for testing your skills
You know how good you are, you know your skills, and now the only thing left is to put yourself to the test. As martial artists, and as athletes, competition is the ultimate release. It’s why we work so hard on our craft – to be able to test our skills on the biggest proving ground.
You may be wondering just how effective your uppercuts are, or if the smooth rear-naked choke you pulled off in training is effective in a real-world situation. Well, the only way to find out is to answer the call of battle.
In a regulated, safe, and controlled environment, you can put your martial arts skills to the test and satisfy your craving for competition.
5) Because you’re more confident in yourself than ever before
Last but not least, the final way to really tell if you’re ready to try out for the Evolve Competition Team lies in your own self-confidence. No one but you can gauge this. It’s something you will have to pick up from deep within.
You probably already know this, but one of the most important benefits practitioners gain from training in martial arts is confidence. By now, after all the time and effort you have put into training, your confidence level should be through the roof.
Whether or not your confidence translates into a legitimate path to competition will be determined by your coaches and the team. But you’ll never really know unless you try.
So if you’re feeling confident in your ability to compete, chances are you’re ready to give it a go. Ready to show the world what you’ve got? Take the opportunity of a lifetime and try out for the Evolve Competition Team. It could end up being the best decision you’ve ever made!
So what are you waiting for? If you feel the itch to compete, try out for the Evolve Competition Team on November 25-26 and see if you have what it takes to be a competitor! Sign up at the front desk of any Evolve location today!