Martial Arts training is different to regular sports and fitness training in that it is comprised of three main elements: Mental, physical, and technical. Each of these three elements is crucial to master if you are to be successful in any of the martial arts. In order to beat your opponent you must be strong of mind, as well as strong physically. The two are interlinked when it comes to the martial arts. There are also very special techniques that you have to learn in order to be successful in the martial arts. Techniques must be trained properly, in combination with mental and physical components of the martial arts. There are four stages to follow.
- In the air
Usually this is the technique to start with, training for the motion and without resistance. You must teach your body the correct movements, and to achieve these cleanly and simply you start by performing them into the air. At this stage the main point is to focus on yourself and master the manoeuvres.
- Against Resistance
Now it is time to move to the next stage, and trainusing equipment. You’ll need to obtain martial arts supplies such as boxing bags, pads, weights, weapons, bungee cords, or any other specialist martial arts equipment. The focus here is training drills – practice, practice, practice – until it’s right, before moving onto the next stage.
- Training with a partner
After practicing on your own using the correct equipment, it’s now time to move toward training with a partner. At this stage the point is to optimise your timing and response to all of your practiced movements and techniques. But it is still important at this stage that your partner does not resist.
- Working against a partner
Now it is time to start sparring against your partner. Your training partner now becomes your opponent. However, this is still the training stage and at no point should your sparring become a full fight. When you are ready and have completed your training to excel in your martial art, then will be the time for you to enter a competition.
Knowing When to Progress
These four stages of training are generally accepted as the correct order in which to successfully master the martial arts. However, you do not need to wait until you have mastered each stage perfectly before moving on. There will always be room for improvement, and if you are too much of a perfectionist then you’ll never succeed. You should move onto the next stage when you feel in yourself most comfortable to do so. In addition, moving onto another stage will help improve earlier stages; so that means you can always go back to an earlier stage, and there is no need to ever give up a stage. You can simply keep on repeating the cycle as you advance through the stages.
Succeeding in Your Training
Martial arts training requires a lot of discipline, but done in the right way anyone can be successful. The accepted order of training is first practice movements in the air, before moving onto resistance using the correct equipment. Then you must find a partner to practice with. At first your partner should give no resistance, but after a while they should become your sparring opponent. However, at no time during your training should you be entering into full fights; you must save this for when you are ready and have fully completed your training.