The martial arts are known for emphasizing physical fitness just as much as self-defense. Although, quite frankly, attending classes twice a week might be a good workout, but it is not enough to get you in shape. It is important to do things outside of class that not only develops your technique, but also your overall strength and endurance to make your technique better. Awesome thing is, developing your technique is just as easy as practicing. You just have to know what you’re doing. Here we will explain the 3 ways you can gain strength and endurance just by practicing.
Slowing Down Your Technique
This works for leg techniques better than it does for striking, but is probably one of the most used practices during training. And for obvious reasons. Holding up your leg in a kicking position, and going through the motion for ten seconds will quickly build up lactic acid in a beginner martial artist. Doing this is tough, but the more you do it, the better it gets. The better it gets, the easier it gets. The easier it gets, the stronger you get.
Speeding Up Your Technique
Speeding up your technique is a good way to increase your endurance. It is also one of the easiest ways to gauge progression. For example, punching or kicking continuously will fatigue you at a certain point. Count the number of times you can do the technique until you need to stop. Eventually, practicing the technique in this way over a period of time will increase that number. This means your endurance has increased.
This seems obvious, but is one of the most common issues instructors face in the martial arts. Training twice a week just isn’t enough. You must train outside of class at least an additional 2 to 3 hours to properly develop skills and techniques. That practice time could be anytime you chose according to your schedule. Just find time. Eventually, it’ll become a positive habit that becomes transferable to other aspects of your life.