Martial arts training styles are growing in popularity. The numerous reasons to begin training vary as much as the people that do. Martial arts are proving to be one of the top ways to get and stay fit while focusing and strengthening the mind to achieve goals.
It isn\’t easy to talk about martial arts without some reference from Karate Kid, the movie. The 1984 drama clearly designated the different focuses of training styles and the products of that training. Mr. Miyagi provided wise counsel, using very few words. Daniel obediently worked through the seemingly useless chore list only to realize the balance and focus Mr. Miyagi was training him in would save his life.
SwiftKick Martial Arts, San Diego, uses a similar approach to martial arts requiring focus and attention to master skills and techniques. Martial arts are used in all areas of life, and it is a wise decision to pursue training in this incredibly effective form of fitness. Strength in mind and body, combined in a focused way, yields incredible results.
The expert instructors at SwiftKick, led by founder, Brian Cowell, have successfully seen people of all ages, from young children (Explorers Program) to seniors (Champion Program), thrive using some essentials to make the most of training. Many who choose martial arts experience growth well beyond why they initially joined. Although some train for a season, many SwiftKick graduates hold multiple black belts, compete in local and national tournaments, and return to instruct.
As with anything, some things can be done to increase the likeliness and extent of success. The top three ways to get the most out of martial arts training will sound reasonably familiar. It begins, of course, with SHOW UP! Follow it up with consistency, practice, and commitment.
Consistency in Martial Arts
Regular attendance is essential to moving forward, increasing rank, and achieving personal goals in martial arts training. The instructors at SwiftKick continually encourage those in training to come back each week, reminding them of what has been accomplished and pointing out milestones on the way. The welcoming and caring team at SwiftKick works diligently to create a fun learning environment that people want to come back to each week. The weekly classes teach new skills and sequences and provide clear instructions on practicing before the next class. The guidance and professionalism of Brian and his team are unmatched in the industry.
Practice Makes Perfect
It is imperative to train hard when attending martial arts training classes. It is an opportunity to push yourself, with a trained professional making sure you do not get injured. Overtraining can be avoided and should be avoided so as not to halt training due to injury. Training hard and giving your best effort during class allows self-awareness of potential and incorrect techniques so when practicing in between sessions, you don\’t incur an injury. Planning times to practice in between classes can elevate your training in powerful ways and launch you forward in goal achievement and moving up in rank. SwiftKick philosophy treats each person as their own competition. Mastering skills and achieving rank are different for everyone. The excellent instruction offered allows a supportive and encouraging environment among peers, even if everyone is not progressing at the same time.
Stick With It
Life is bound to get in the way of martial arts training. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Well, what if you\’re new habit only meets once a week? The key here is to stay connected, build relationships, and know it matters when you are there. Your peers want you to achieve your goals as much as you do. Although it is easier to skip a class, or stop attending, be encouraged to get back to it. Do not give up. Keep going on this journey to a better you!
The first step to a better you is attending a free class. Read some powerful testimonials from SwiftKick members. Almost all studios will offer a free trial class, and SwiftKick is no exception. Brian maintains immaculate studio spaces and has thoughtfully chosen locations that are easily accessible and have plenty of parking.
If you are already training in martial arts, make every effort to attend every week, practice regularly in between, and approach each training session with 100% effort. Lastly, do not stop. You are only limited by how much you are willing to put in. Stick with it through the challenging times. Even when you do not feel like going, go. Transform your life through martial arts, and learn the best of the best in Karate, Kung-Fu, Krav Maga, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Kickboxing, and Taekwondo with SwiftKick’s master instructors and thoughtful program design.