3 Ways To Improve Your Martial Arts Training At Home
Every time we do one of our Instagram Q & A ‘s on IG stories, we are almost guaranteed to get a question relating to home workouts. Most Martial Artists want to get an edge by supplementing their classes with extra training. However home workouts can be quite challenging for a number of reasons.
For those who are driven enough to be serious about their development, there are certain areas which can be developed at home. For those who have the convenience of having somebody to train with, training options are greater. However in this blog post we will focus on areas you can improve on alone.
Thankfully in this age, we have the convenience of Youtube. This provides a great opportunity to study. Study the greats, what they do, and more importantly how they do it. Make brain gains about the sport.
Make a list of questions and analyze either your own performance or others. Here are some examples of things you could analyze.
- Tempo the fighter likes
- How they enter and exist exchanges
- What fighting styles are evident
- Are there any tendencies?
This will help you understand the ‘game’ much better and will develop your Martial Arts brain.
One area which you can focus on training at home is your physical attributes. Physical components which martial artist could benefit from are;
- Kicking Ability
- Leg Strength
- Strength Training
- Core Work
- Balance – For Kicking
There are many other areas which could be improved on, but there are some general areas which you can focus on to improve your physical skills to supplement your training. Of course the more specific the skill applies to Martial Arts the better, for example, of course overall flexibility will contribute to overall athleticism, but focusing on the main muscles of the legs might be more beneficial to your kicking.
Be sure to ask yourself, how does this training translate to my goal? Unfortunately one of the biggest myths in Martial Arts training is thinking general abilities transfer to specific task. Training must be representative of the task you intend on training for.
One of the most important aspects of any sport is the mental toughness and confidence. This is something which requires some practice. This is a great opportunity to build some positive habits which will benefit your mental game. Some things you can do;
- Think about what works best for you when you perform. Use this to help build your ritual/routine. This will require constant tweaking, but it may be a good place to begin.
- Focus on what you can control. Make a list of the things you can control when you need to perform in your combat sport. Focus on the things which are in your control and make a conscious effort to ignore anything which isn’t.
- Stay relaxed under pressure. Practice breathing techniques and other emotional control mechanisms. Build on these to include into your routine as mentioned above.
- Use mental imagery. Some of the best athletes across all sports, mention the benefits of visualisation. Put your mind in situations which may occur in your training/performances. Be sure to focus on multiple sense when partaking in this exercise. Visualize the techniques. How will you feel? What will you see? …. And so on.