It is easy to ignore what your body tries to tell you when you are
injured. You have to strike a balance by not allowing your mind
to command your body to continue to ignore pain. For the majority
of martial artists, a good guide involves practising toward a goal
of optimum health.
training at a competitive level are more likely to receive injuries,
especially just after they make the transition from amateur. Professional
martial artists are very much aware that any injury is a setback
in their preparation for a fight or performance.
of the mind's strongest influences is ego. It is a strong, healthy
instrument when it is under control. But when it is not, ego can
quite easily turn a training session into an all-out fight. And
unfortunately, students often misunderstand the difference between
a training session and a fight. Learning is the initial step to
increase knowledge, and training is a process by which you reinforce
that knowledge so it becomes second nature.