Mistakes in training
IntroBeginners want to become proficient quickly, so they train hard. Color belts want a black belt, so they train hard. Black belts want to attain perfection, so they train hard. Training hard is okay, but we must also train wisely. Here are some common mistakes martial artists make in their training.
OvertrainingSome martial artists train hard EVERY day. They have found something they love to do, and they want to do it every day. However, for your body to learn complex skills and develop speed, strength, and endurance, it must have some time off to absorb the training and recover from any damage the training may have done to it.
Also, if you are cross-training, extensive strength training or cardio training will limit your body’s ability to perfect intricate martial art movements and techniques. Overtraining may cause you to develop poor muscle memory and learn bad habits.
Remember, you do not build muscle while you are training; you build muscle during the days between training sessions while you are eating, sleeping, and resting. While training, muscles develop microscopic tears. During the recovery periods between training sessions, the muscles heal and grow bigger and stronger. If you never let your muscles rest, then you never allow them to grow.
When your training sessions are too strenuous, too long, and too many in succession, your body starts to adapt to just completing the workout session, rather than committing itself to perfecting technical skills and building muscle memory. Rather than trying to do everything during a workout, concentrate each workout on perfecting a specific technique or movement.
BodybuildingSome martial artists follow a bodybuilder’s training regimen. They work on a different muscle group each day of the week and they work these muscles to exhaustion. This type of training is designed to increase your muscle body mass and make you look big and strong.
However, as a martial artist, you do not want big muscles; they weigh too much, are slow to react, and are slow to move. A martial artist wants strength but also wants to move gracefully and quickly, with explosive power. Martial art training should concentrate on movement, and each exercise should complement your techniques.
Lack of core strengthThere are hundreds of exercises and training regimes, each claiming to make you superhuman. Most are a waste of time, but some are effective. Although they may be fun to do and may help your overall fitness, for them to make you a better martial artist, training exercises must contribute directly to bettering your martial art techniques.
The best way to train your body for martial arts is to train your core strength. The core refers to the muscles deep within the abdomen and back that attach to the spine or pelvis. These muscles are where movement originates and they are the source of stability. Core strength helps ensure you will have fewer injuries, better techniques, and the muscular endurance needed during training sessions or in competitions.
Not having a planMany martial artists just workout when they feel like it and for as long as they feel like it. When training to become a great martial artist, you must have a structured program with an exact plan of how to get to where you want to be. The plan should describe exactly what exercises to perform, the amount of weight to use, the number of reps to perform, the type and number of kicks to perform, etc., and you should strictly adhere to the plan.
Every workout should be tracked and logged; a log maintained on a spreadsheet, fitness tracking phone app, or fitness tracking web site will make this easy to do. By tracking your workout, you will be able to see where you need to tweak your plan to maximize your gains.
Train hard, but train smart, and you will see better results and will be able to keep training for many years to come.