Improving in Martial Arts can be done only through regular training. But some times, it can be rather monotonous when there is no dynamism in our training methods. Even scientific studies suggest that having dynamic training methods can improve our performance by leaps and bounds. It is like our muscles get bored with the same old training methods. We need changes in our training regimen.
I have formulated some simple training regimens to make everyone’s training very interesting.
1. Solo training: If you like to perform Kata, then you can just choose one of your favourite Kata and keep on practicing them again and again facing different directions every time. For example, if once you face North, then the next time you should face South and so on. But, keep in mind one thing. When you practice the Kata, try to visualize every move you perform in a real life self-defense situation. This will not just improve your knowledge but also help you to remember the Kata well.
2. Punching bag: Every dojo should have one, and it should be a heavy one as well. Fill it with saw powder or sand and try out all your favourite techniques with full power. Don’t wear gloves or insteps. The main purpose is to strengthen your insteps and knuckles. Some have a fear of injuring themselves when they kick and if it is blocked by an elbow. I am not saying it won’t be painless when blocked by an elbow, but it will be less painful. Hitting a punching bag as an interval training method can even improve your cardio as well.
3. Train with new people: It is fun to get a new perspective. Training with new people can improve you a lot. It can either be Kumite or Kata. When you train with the same person for a long time, you can some times get complacent about your training. Hence, a change can stir things up a bit in your training. You can even learn some new techniques in Kumite and learn some new counter attacks.
4. Cross Training: Try different sports to improve your Karate. One can try Badminton to improve your foot work and hand-eye coordination. You can try soccer to improve leg strength and cardio. You need not compete at a high level. Just two or three days a week of training will be more than sufficient.
5. Learn a new Combat Sport: This is one of the most important thing to do as a Martial Artist. This should be in your bucket list(if you have one). By learning a new Martial Art from scratch can be an amazing experience. If you have learnt a Striking based art, then you can try a Grappling based art. This can improve our understanding regarding the different aspects of combat.
“A flowing river has fresher water when compared to a stagnant lake.”