Improving at any martial art requires the same principles or strategies as most anything in life. You will have to be committed and tenacious in your efforts to become better. It may seem daunting in the beginning, but you gradually get the hang of it as you go along. The path towards self-mastery takes time. And it often starts with paying attention to small details that will make you a better martial artist.
Your innate skill or talent will not get you far in martial arts without consistent practice. You have to set aside the time for regular training. This means not missing out on practices in the dojo or training center where you practice. You also have to devote some time to train on your own. The best martial artists are those who have made training a part of their lifestyle.
Listen, observe, and follow
Listen attentively, observe, and follow. These are among the things you have to live by if you want to progress in martial arts. Pay attention to what your teacher is saying or doing. Many traditional martial arts teachers do not say much. Instead, they let their actions speak for themselves. You could miss a lot of lesson if you do not listen well or observe what your teacher is doing. You also have to learn how to follow instructions to make the most of the lessons from your teacher.
Stay humble and be respectful
There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence. Getting better at something makes you more confident. But do not let that cloud your views. Stay humble and respectful to the people you practice with regardless of their rank or level of experience. It helps to keep in mind that everyone you are practicing with has something to teach you. And they are your partners as you strive to improve.
Warm up and stretch
Start and finish your practice with the right warm-up and stretching routines. It is necessary not only for improving your performance. It also helps in preventing injuries. Learn how to do the warm up, stretching, and cool down properly. And be diligent in doing them before and after your practice.
You cannot perform well in practice without proper hydration. Drink the right amounts of water before, during, and after practice. Do some research or consult fitness professionals on how to best hydrate based on your body’s requirements and the type of martial art that you do.
Spend time on extra practice
Practice the techniques you learned or do some cross training on your spare time. You can lift some weights at the gym, go for a run, or practice techniques specific to your martial art. This not only helps you stay in top shape. it also hones the skills you have already learned.