smart in your Martial Art
For many people starting their martial arts training, much emphasis
is placed upon pure self-defence. The idea of learning an art and
a way of life seems to have lesser impact. Consequently, this tradition
is not as widely practised as used to be. Yet it is extremely important
to recognise and understanding the difference between an art form
and a set of applied fighting techniques. The practice of only one
part of the martial arts and not the other results in a great loss
to a centuries-old tradition.
Unnecessary psychological stress commonly afflicts martial artists,
especially at the early stages of training. It often results from
overtraining physically and holding high expectations without allowing
the body and mind time to adjust to a completely new routine. Feelings
of disappointment and physical and mental burnout can easily catch
up with you a few weeks after you begin.
sensible approach involves striving for a goal that can be reached
by performing at a moderate rate. There will then be a sense of
achievement at the end of each exercise period. A good teacher will
allow you to work hard enough to achieve the object of the exercise,
but not hard enough to defeat yourself.