7 tips to get the most out of your karate training
1. Be Consistent with training
It takes 21 days to build a habit and only 3 to break one. To improve in martial arts you need to be training at least 2 times a week. Try to train at the same times and the same days to build a routine. If your routine gets broken, start it up again as soon as possible. One certain way to not succeed is to quit.
One of the keys to getting good at anything is repetition. Most people agree that to become a master of anything will take you 10,000 consistent reps or hours of any one technique. This may sound tedious, however we need to keep in mind that this is not only how we learn, but also how we refine and build the skill into our muscle memory. This is very important so that the technique can be effectively used when we need it.
3. Ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask your instructor questions. At the end of the day your instructor is there to help you. They want you to become as good as possible. Remember there are no stupid questions only stupid answers.
4. Respect the limits of your body
You should push yourself during training. This will help you to develop faster and improve your fitness quicker. However, this should not be at the detriment of your body.
Flexibility is one of the most important and most overlooked aspects of training. This is probably because you can’t immediately see the benefits of flexibility training. A good range of movement or flexibility has many benefits including increased power, and reduced chance of injury._
6. Have fun
The key to learning anything is fun. If you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing, you won’t want to learn it. Have fun with your training, and remember that learning something new takes time. None of us know a technique when we begin, that’s why we begin. When a new student arrives in the dojo greet them and make them feel welcome. Have encouragement for yourself and others. We are all beginners to someone (kids and adults alike) so have fun and enjoy your training.
7. Leave your ego at the door
Your ego will get you in more trouble than its worth. This is particularly true if you are involved in any type of sparring. Your ego will get you injured, and you will not learn as quickly. Your main goal for every session should be to improve, not to see who is the best, strongest or toughest.