Stop Trying To Be “Good” At Martial Arts

To some people, the whole point of training and constantly hitting the gym is to be “good” at martial arts. After all, practice makes perfect, right? While this is true, there’s so much more to martial arts than just being “good” at it. The thing is, you don’t have to be “good” at martial arts to really be good at it.

So if you’re guilty of focusing too much on being “good” – and as a result, end up feeling disheartened when you feel that you’re not good enough – then it’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate your goals.

Today, Evolve Daily reveals why you should Stop Trying To Be “Good” At Martial Arts:

1) Because progress is more important than perfection

BJJ National Champion Thiago “Guli” Kozama teaches BJJ at Evolve MMA.

BJJ National Champion Thiago “Guli” Kozama teaches BJJ at Evolve MMA.

Sometimes, we get so caught up with being perfect and achieving instant results that we forget to acknowledge our progress. In moments like this, it helps to remember that the journey matters more than the destination. After all, it is the journey that shapes you into who you eventually become. And trust us, progress is something worth celebrating because it means you’ve grown – be it as a martial artist or as a person.

If you think about it, perfection is actually unattainable – it is merely an idea that we have constructed in our minds. At the end of the day, we are all works in progress and there’s always something we can work on to continuously improve by 1% each day. Therefore, this should be something we work towards, because progress is something we can achieve today.

 

2) Because it’s time to leave your ego behind

Kettlebell training is a great way to build your strength.

Kettlebell training is a great way to build your strength.

The number of people you tap out or “defeat” doesn’t define how good you are. So stop counting, and more importantly, stop feeling the need to “win”. At some point, you might “lose” to someone who’s smaller, lighter, older, younger, or of a lower rank – because that’s just how it is in martial arts: it’s so unpredictable, and it’s anybody’s game, really.

So shift your focus from “winning” to improving and learning from every training session. After all, the whole point of training is to ultimately become the best version of yourself possible – and this is definitely how you can be good at martial arts without being “good”.

 

3) Because your martial arts journey is unique

Muay Thai utilizes a beautiful symphony of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows with fluidity and grace.

Muay Thai utilizes a beautiful symphony of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows with fluidity and grace.

Sometimes we feel the pressure to be “good” because there’s someone else we constantly compare ourselves to. If this is what you’ve been doing, then there’s no better time than now to stop. Don’t let someone else define what “good” is to you. Understand that everyone learns and grows at a different pace, and that it’s okay to not be able to execute that challenging technique right away. What isn’t okay though, is giving up just because the technique is “too difficult”.

Once you’re able to embrace the fact that your martial arts journey is unique – you’d be able to focus on yourself. And the best part is that the only person you’d end up competing with is yourself, so as to be better than who you were yesterday. All of us at Evolve Daily believe that this is the healthiest kind of competition, and so, we encourage it.

 

4) Because at the end of the day, hard work beats talent

Shadowboxing improves your balance and coordination.

Shadowboxing improves your balance and coordination.

When you’re not “good” at martial arts, it can be extra frustrating and you might even struggle to grasp techniques that seem to come to others more easily. But before you throw in the towel, hear us out: perseverance and hard work are essential for your success as a martial artist, at every stage of your journey. You could be the most naturally gifted or athletic martial artist around, but without putting in the necessary hard work, there’s no doubt that you aren’t going to go very far. After all, talent can only help you so much – it’s up to you how you wish to nurture it.

Not everyone has the dedication to show up at the gym on days when they aren’t feeling 100%. So if you’re capable of this, half the battle is already won. Just keep doing what you’re doing, and we promise you’re going to eventually evolve into all that you want to be.

 

Are you ready to stop trying to be “good” at martial arts so you can be great? Now go forth and seize the day!

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