Consistency: The Key To Martial Arts Success

Consistency is a must to really excel in martial arts. You can always find a reason not to attend class. But winners show up, work hard and do their best. With consistency and proper practice, you get better with your technique and philosophy. This will help you achieve your martial arts goals. Furthermore, focus, patience and consistency will help you kick goals at anything in life.

The Secret

When asked the secret to martial arts success, one of my first teachers always replied “show up to training”. When karate master, Mas Oyama, was asked the same question, he replied “sweat” (i.e. hard work). I still follow these simply rules to this day. Consistency may not sound exciting. Hard work is exactly that….hard. But consistency and hard work is essential!

10 Tips For Greater Consistency

1. Clearly define what you’re trying to achieve, how, and when by. And write it downPeople who write down their goals are 42% more likely to achieve them.

2. Get clear on why you want to achieve your goal.

What are the benefits of achieving your goal? And what are the implications of not achieving it? This will help you stay motivated when times get hard.

3. Set a hard, immovable date which will “qualify” your goal. This provides accountability.

4. Break your main goal down into bite-size monthly, weekly and daily chunks. This helps you focus every day on what you must achieve.

5. Prioritise the bite-size chunks in your calendar (your new habit). This process will take some time but it is WORTH it, as it helps you focus on your daily activities and provides accountability.

6. Build that habit into a system that supports it. Identify the habits that will help your goal, as well as the habits you will need to remove. This will help you stay productive.

7. Find a friend who shares your goal and wants to achieve the same thing. Teamwork makes the dream work.

8. Or find people who will hold you accountable.

9. Track your progress. It is motivating to see that you are progressing towards your goals. Or, it is also powerful if you need to adjust your activities to get back on track. You will only know which one if you track your progress.

10. Be flexibly disciplined. You are not perfect, so you need to adjust and change plans or habits to get you to where you want to be.

No Self-Confidence To A Machine

I, along with your world class trainers team, get comments on our fitness or technique. I often hear, ‘’you’re a machine’’. Trust me, I was not born athletic. My family can attest to this ha ha. I hate to admit this as it affected my self-confidence as a child, but I was rather un-athletic and obese growing up. However, in adulthood, I found my passion in martial arts. Once I found that passion, you could not stop me training. If I (and your trainers) may be fitter or know our technique more than most, it is because of consistency in our practice.

From my end, a lot of people do not see the ‘’extra training’’ that gets done privately. I believe that what gets done in the dark shall be seen in the light. But it helps build a better me so I can hopefully help ‘’Build A Better You’’. I, along with all of your trainers, want to give our absolute best to all students. So, we will walk our talk, show up to the dojo and see you in class.

Build A Better You!!!