Stress Levels In Training
Stress Levels In Training – A vital area to manage
Stress Levels In Training – An Overview
Stress has its uses in combat, unfortunately, stress has a bad rap these days.
Not enough stress can lead to underperformance in sport and in self-defence can lead to disaster.
Too much stress leads to a shut down of the senses and reflexes. So both ends of the scale are not helpful for combat.
As martial artists, we need to find the sweet spot and that lies around 140BPM heart rate.
Stress Levels In Training – Optimal training
Now if you were about to play Chopin on a piano you need a low heart rate. This is complex motor/muscle movements. You need to be very relaxed
If you were about to deadlift 200 KG you can be at the other end of the scale. This is a gross motor/muscle skill
As mentioned, we martial artists need to be in the middle for optimal performance.
Stress Levels In Training – Controlling emotion
There are a few tools you can use to help control heart rate. Here are 2.
- Meditation – This can help to not get caught up in the emotion. Meditation is an amazing tool to develop mental strength. You see your thoughts and you recognise you are not thinking them. You then develop the skill to not attach to them. Stress levels can go through the roof when confronted by an opponent or a threat. To focus and calm the mind with skills developed through meditation gives you a huge advantage
- Sparring – This is sort of obvious though there are a few schools of thought on this. We basically work like this. 100 training sessions are light technical sparring and 1 session is tough intense sparring. So we operate a 100/1 ratio in our sparring classes. This helps develop the skills needed to spar safely and build confidence. After that its simply more time on the mats sparring, keeping that ego in check. Not getting too stressed and overwhelmed.
We hope this was helpful, in the end there are no shortcuts. More time on the mats surrounded by the right people builds confidence. This helps with stress levels and this improves not only combat but in all of life when mastered.
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