Every martial artist wants to be better than they were yesterday. They have goals they want to achieve and they’ll stop at nothing until they get there. But what happens when they start to question their martial arts journey? What happens when they start to wonder why they’re even training martial arts in the first place?
As much as martial artists want to succeed, they also find themselves stumbling every now and then in their path towards success. It’s rockier than they’ve imagined and the feeling could be distressing.
We at Evolve Daily understand that everyone needs a little help now and then. In the spirit of martial arts, we’d like to share 5 solutions to the most common problems faced by martial artists:
Problem: Too much ego.
The more you train martial arts, you become more comfortable with healthy competition amongst your teammates. It’s only natural to feel this way, especially if you want to test your skills. But sometimes, we don’t get the result we expect. Sometimes, we lose to people who we thought we were better than, taking a huge toll on our ego.
Solution: Instead of completely giving up, why not take a step back and look where you made a mistake. Once you’ve figured out what the problem is, you can focus all your energy into fixing it, rather than just feeling bad about it.
Problem: Lack of passion.
Not everyone feels passionate about martial arts, especially in the beginning. Some people take it up just to get fit, to find a new hobby, or even to make new friends. As a martial arts student, you’ll notice that eventually, there are less people who decide to stick it out because they’ve realized that martial arts wasn’t really for them.
When you lack passion for martial arts, or anything else for that matter, you start to prioritize other activities because you don’t feel the need to train.
Solution: Dig deep and remember why you started martial arts in the first place. Look back at your journey and all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished. Remember the moment you got hooked and decided on your goals. This will help re-ignite your passion and perhaps, take it to an even deeper level.
Problem: Not taking care of your health.
Remember how you felt after eating that huge burger, upsized fries and soda? Or how about that time you spent all night partying with four hours to spare before you had to work? Going to training that day didn’t feel so great, did it? In fact, you probably felt like skipping training altogether – which you most likely did.
Solution: Just because you’re losing all that weight from training martial arts, it doesn’t mean that you can go and binge on food and alcohol. Martial arts is a lifestyle. The most dedicated athletes eat clean all year round because they know what it can do to their performance. You need to eat well for optimal performance and get adequate rest. This way, you’ll always be in great shape once you set foot into the gym.
Problem: Lack of focus.
Not all of us are full-time martial artists. Most of us have regular 9-5 jobs and priorities other than martial arts. Unfortunately, our lives outside training could greatly impact it. Sometimes, the problems we face outside of training distract us so much that we perform poorly in class.
Solution: As difficult as it may seem to leave your troubles behind, it is possible. Immerse yourself in the present moment and focus on the techniques you need to master. If you still feel distracted, make sure you take notes immediately after class so you don’t forget what you’ve learned.
Problem: Not learning enough.
As you progress in your martial arts journey, you may find yourself favoring some techniques over others. It’s only natural to do so – you know what you’re comfortable with, what suits your body type and you feel as if these techniques are practically second nature for you. Because you’ve grown accustomed to these techniques, you become less inclined to learn new ones. Unfortunately, doing so might hinder you from reaching your full potential as a martial artist.
Solution: Use one or two of the techniques you just learned in class during sparring. Don’t feel bad if they don’t work right away, it just needs some time to get used to it. After class, pull your training partner aside and drill the new techniques for a few minutes. Soon enough, you’ll have new techniques to add to your repertoire.
As martial artists, we have no choice but to evolve. Remember, martial arts has the potential to improve our mind, body, and soul – why not take the aforementioned problems into our own hands and solve them? Although it’s not the easiest task to undertake, it may prove to be the most worthy of your time and effort.