Keeping motivated in the martial arts is an important part of progressing both mentally and physically.
By committing to regular practice time and by providing yourself with ample time to master the martial arts, you will achieve levels of mental and physical strength that you never dreamt possible. Unfortunately, it is easy to become distracted or to lose sight of your goals, which will impede your progress and will make it difficult to achieve the level of fitness you desire.
By keeping these three powerful ways to keep motivated, however, you will be able to achieve all that martial arts training has to offer.
Create a Routine
Perhaps the simplest way to keep yourself motivated and to stay on track is to keep a regular schedule. By setting a schedule, you will be more likely to complete your training on a regular basis. If you do your training after you get home from work, for example, you will get into the regular routine of doing your training before you sit down on the couch or before you get distracted by responsibilities at home. If you don’t plan for your training and make it something you frequently do, it’s easy to fall out of your training.
When undergoing martial arts training, most have the ultimate goal of achieving the highest ranking or becoming both mentally and physically fit. While it is good to set a long-term goal to set your sights upon, you should also create short-term goals that you can obtain within a shorter amount of time. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, a short-term goal may be to lose 5 pounds. If you are trying to master certain skills, a short-term goal would be to master just one move. As you complete these short-term goals, allow yourself to celebrate and to feel good about your accomplishments. You might even want to keep a martial arts journal so you can track your progress. Then, when you reach a wall of frustration, you can refer back to your journal and remind yourself of the progress you have made so far.
Participate in Competitions
For some people, training to meet certain fitness goals or for self-defense may not provide the motivation that is necessary to stick to a regular routine. If you are one of these people, you might want to consider participating in competitions. If you know you have a competition coming up in a couple of months, you may be more willing to train hard and consistently. After all, no one wants to go to a competition and appear weak and out of shape. Even if you do not participate in formal competitions, competing against your friends may provide you with the motivation you need to keep moving forward.