Kicking the Winter Blues with Martial Arts
written by: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts
Few people look forward to winter. The short days and cold weather make you just want to stay at home. You'll want to abandon many of the activities which aren't compulsory such as going to work or school. This hasn't been made any easier by the increasing amount of snowfall experienced during recent seasons. Winter doesn't have to be dull and unexciting. You can engage in life enhancing activities such as marital arts and let winter drift by unnoticed.
Enrollment for martial arts training has been increasing exponentially over recent years. The same can be said about the number of new martial arts students quitting after a few weeks of training. One of the best seasons to enroll for martial arts is winter. Training keeps you warm and keeps the winter blues at bay. However, it's also one of the seasons when you won't feel like training. In order to prevent this, here's what you need to know.
Motivation and You
Motivation is that force that drives you to achieve something. You have two types of motivation. First, is intrinsic motivation. This can be described as internal motivation such as a passion for what you're doing. Second is extrinsic motivation. This is the external force that drives you to achieve something. For example, you might want to train martial arts to become better in self defense after moving into a rough neighborhood. The neighborhood acts as an extrinsic motivator.
Motivation Applied in Martial Arts
Most students drop out of martial arts classes before 100 days are over. There are many reasons why this is so including not being interested, having too many commitments and fear of failure. However, the leading cause is that these students lack motivation to learn and master the martial art of their choice. To truly master a martial art, you must strike a healthy balance between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. One form of motivation alone won't work. For example, if you're learning martial arts because your parents enrolled you into an academy, you'll train only to fulfill your parent's desires. You won't have the passion and drive to master the martial art. Without the passion, you'll find it difficult learning new moves and applying them.
One of the best ways to remain motivated is to set your personal martial arts training goals. You can use the SMART technique to set your goals. SMART is the acronym for Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Time specific. Here's an example.
"I want to learn to throw a round kick" This is a vague goal which only qualifies as Achievable and Realistic. A better version would be: "I will be able to throw a high round kick by Tuesday next week" This version is more specific and focuses on what you will have to achieve within the days you've set for yourself.
Find the Martial Arts Academy that's Best for Your Goals
Emotions get the best of everyone. If you don't like something or someone, you'll do your best to avoid it. The same goes for the training institution you enroll in. If the environment isn't exciting for you, it's easy to find excuses why you shouldn't train there. Find the right academy and you've made the first important step to enjoying martial arts for life.
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