A Little Bit of Practice Goes a Long Way – Martial arts Lincoln

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Martial Arts Lincoln – A little practice is better than none

There is an old saying and it goes along the lines of something is better than nothing. This is certainly true for those part-time martial artists that might have a very limited window to practice. A common mistake many will make is they assume their schedule is so busy, they cannot invest the time to hone their skills. In truth, they probably have a lot more time than they believe. The reason is they are likely assuming they need much more time to train than they actually do. At martial arts lincoln we appreciate not everyone has the time to train all day, every day.

Formula for successful training – Martial Arts Lincoln

At martial arts lincoln we have a very simple formula when it comes to training in the martial arts

If you train three hours a day every day for a week, that is a lot more trainMartial arts traininging than a person training one hour a week. One hour a week is more than not training at all.

The problem many busy students of the martial arts suffer from is they assume that if they do not get a full 21 hours a week to train, they opt not to train at all. That means they eliminate that one hour of training per week. One hour is a lot! It end up being 52 hours a year. That is definitely much, much better than nothing. Yet, many will opt for nothing because they do not have an hour a week. Well, they do, they just do not realize it.

Yes, there are those that simply do not have one full uninterrupted hour to train during the week. However, it might not be hard to invest five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night six days out of the week. This will give you the full one hour you are seeking.

Get the most out of your training – martial arts Lincoln

This might seem a little odd since it reflects so very little training time. Now, no one is suggesting this is the best way to train for a UFC main event. For the average person wishing to get the most out of his or her martial arts studies, those short training sessions can contribute to overall proper development. The goal here is to try and squeeze in a few workouts now and then so the cumulative effect of the workout ends up yielding good results.

You also eliminate a lot of down time. You might end up being very busy for five months and then discover your schedule is free once again. Why let that five months go to waste. There is certainly no reason to dismiss even a few minutes of your time since all your workouts can contribute to improvements in your overall self-defence and self-confidence.

At martial arts lincoln we encourage you to use your time wisely, and squeeze in a little training when you can.

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Maintaining a Journal of Your Martial Arts Training

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Do you record your martial arts training?

Can keeping a journal of you martial arts training prove to be a wise idea for those interested in achieving their goals? It certainly would be more beneficial than not having one!

In all seriousness, keeping a journal is a worthwhile pursuit. Simply going to class and being in the moment will definitely help you develop a tremendous amount of skill. However, there is SO much material covered in class time over the course of several years, it would be next to impossible to remember everything that was taught. Consider this a good reason to keep a journal of your martial arts training.

Martial arts training journalThere are three major components to a journal:

  • Goals
  • Technical Information
  • Personal Reflections

This does not mean the journal is locked solely into these three components. You can add any other items to it you wish. These three sections are probably the most important because they cover the bulk of the territory found in the actual class sessions.

Martial arts training goals

Goals reflect what you wish to achieve in the actual class. Goals can be short term and long term. A simple short term goal would be to see your kicks greatly improve over the course of three months. Long term goals could be to place high or outright win a national tournament. Goals are important to write down and chart the progress of because when you have not given clear thoughts to your goals, you end up wondering more than a bit aimlessly without any direction.

Technical information in your martial arts training

The technical information section is important because you will learn a lot of material over the course of a single month of training. Imagine what you might end up learning over the course of five years. You would never be able to remember the bulk of the material which is why keepful a journal of all the technical material you learn in class is valuable. Who knows? You might end up with a near encyclopedia of information before your martial arts career is finished.

Personal reflections may be dismissed by some, but they really should not be. There will be quite a number of special thoughts that pop into your head during your training. If you do not get into the habit of writing these things down, you will end up forgetting them. Losing your many reflections about the art(s) you are studying would be a shame when all it may take is five minutes to type them up on your laptop. You may even wish to review these items one day when the time comes to reflect on your past experiences in your martial arts training.

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Always Be Respectful of Your Grappling Training Partners

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Respect your grappling partner

The grappling component to mixed martial arts contributes to the accessibility of the arts. Grappling, unlike the striking end of the art, can be trained by everyone regardless of size, shape, age or athletic ability. At its core, the leverage based aspect of grappling contributes to it being more accessible to a larger number of people. The ability to roll (grappling spar) is also appealing to many because it comes with much lower of a risk of injury and can be done at a relatively slow pace. This means more time can be spent rolling for fun and enjoyment.

Respect your grappling partnerTherefore, partners need to do whats required of them to be good training partners. When the time comes to roll, it is really not a good idea to simply steamroll through a training partner. In other words, you do not want to beat him or her over and over and over again….not unless you want your training partners to not come back the next day.

Keep a few things in mind when grappling sparring, you are not taking part in a competition. You are trying to hone your skills. The same can be said of your training partner. In some cases, your training partner may be more interested in following a slower path to improvement. He or she just might be trying to get a nice workout in before going home or just wants to hang out with like-minded people who share the same hobbyist pursuits. What the person may not be interested in is seeing each and every rolling session seem like an Olympic training session. It is not. Nor is it even a local submission grappling tournament. It is simply a class session.

What would be the value in tapping someone out once, twice, three times, and fourth…and so on? Doing so might be an ego boost, but what would you really be gaining? Such an attitude is also a selfish one because it utterly dismisses the feelings of the less experienced training partner.

And that training partner will not likely stay around forever or even for another class. A lot of the fun goes out of the class when you are treated like a ragdoll. The overall mood of the gym becomes too competitive and all the fun is suctioned out. Ironically, this can make for a bad training environment when your goal is to win tournaments.

The moral of the story here: use common sense and a bit of a good attitude when rolling in a grappling class.

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