So you want to improve your martial arts, while being at home. This shows that you are really dedicated towards your martial arts, you are a true martial artist. It is important that we do not just practice once or twice a week, at the dojo and that’s it.We need to find ways to improve our martial arts training while not at the dojo. That’s exactly what I’m going to be talking about today. We’re going to learn how martial arts training at home can significantly improve our overall skill in martial arts.
I have already slightly touched on this subject previous on this blog. Though today I wish to talk more about certain lifestyle choices one can implement while at home to improve his martial arts. If you’ve missed them, I’m going to be linking them down below as I believe they might be relevant to you.
If the reason you’re trying to learn martial arts training at home because you can’t afford martial arts lessons. I’ve written an article on how you can get free martial arts lessons
I’ve also written an article describing how you can learn martial arts online that slightly resembles today’s subject. Though that’s enough chit chat, let’s get on with today’s subject how to train martial arts at home.
Martial Arts Training At Home: Practicing The Techniques You’re Sensei Taught You
This might sound obvious, but surprisingly most people want to always learn new techniques. Don’t get me wrong without new techniques you can’t progress. Though always wanting to learn new techniques, will most likely cause you to develop sloppy technique.
” I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times” – Bruce Lee
So let’s come to a compromise within ourselves. At home we train the techniques that our martial arts teacher has taught us. This will lead to us becoming better at the techniques our martial arts teacher taught us, thus impressing our sensei.
This will then result in the martial arts teacher to show us new training techniques that we could practice home. You see what we did there win – win situation all around.
- We become better at executing techniques.
- We’re more motivated to go to our martial arts training as the sensei is teaching as new techniques more frequent.
- Our martial arts teacher is happier because his seeing his students progress.
Martial Arts Training At Home: Increasing Your Total Body Strength
Technique is important, though technique alone will get us so far. Unless we bulk up our bodies total strength, we’re going to be at a disadvantage against those who do. Remember that balance is key to success.
During our martial arts lesson, we don’t really have time to practice body strength. You don’t really want to practice body strength anyways as it would waste the lesson on something you could have done at home. Ding ding did ya hear that, ‘could have done at home’. Boom our next martial arts training at home regime is body strength exercises.
Sadly at home we are limited at what we can do with strength training. Though when first starting to increase your total body strength, it’s advised to start at home. Than as the home exercises start to become way too easy for you, you’ll have to sign up with a gym to continue progressing.
To be perfectly honest I think there are ways that you can keep improving at home. Though I never bothered to check, I love the gym to much and would definitely recommend you joining one once the home strength exercises become too easy for you.
Here’s a great blog post by my favourite bodybuilding blogger, Nerd Fitness – How to start building muscle. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, he’s even made a video explaining what he wrote.
Martial Arts Training At Home: Increasing Your Total Joint Flexibility
Another great martial arts training routine you can implement at home is one that improves your total joint flexibility. For most martial arts, flexibility is important. For martial arts like brazilian jiu jitsu flexibility is probably more important than strength itself. Though every martial arts needs flexibility to some degree. Either to do a particular stance properly or for a specific high kick.
This is something you can do at home, doesn’t take a lot of time, yet improves your martial arts skills immensely.
To be perfectly honest with you I’ve just started improving my flexibility at home. Though this is perfect as I can tell you how I’m improving my flexibility. I found it to be quite a fun exercise actually.
Okay so basically what I’m doing is going on this Yoga Poses – From Beginner to Advanced list.
- Depending on how flexible you already are set Difficulty to either beginner, intermediate or advanced.
- I don’t really mess around with Pose Position, Body Position, Lower Body or Upper Body. Though feel free to do so if you’re feeling extra specific.
- Then I go through Body Part (from core till legs) and do 2 exercise from what’s recommended to me.
Give or take I spend about an hour 3-4 times a week doing these exercises. Spending about 5 minutes on each exercise. So far I feel like my flexibility has been improving thanks to this workout plan.
Increasing Your Endurance
Endurance, regardless of how many fancy techniques you know. If you’re going to get tired after a few seconds into a fight, your not going to last long. Like all the previous self-improving martial arts training exercise that can be done from home, endurance is also something we can work on at home.
Some exercise that you can perform at home are:
- Running up and down the stairs
- Jumping rope
- Shadow boxing
- Jumping jacks
- Sprinting on the block
Anything that gets your heart pumping really. Something I’d like to add when your improving your bodies strength, flexibility or endurance is that our body is unfortunately wired for survival not ‘physical improvement’.
What I mean by this is that, our body learns what we are doing and adepts. Meaning that if we do push-ups for example every day our body realises what were doing and starts to spend less energy on the activities. Therefore we need to switch things up so that our body does not know what we’re doing.
When it comes to choosing the best martial arts training at home routine, the best routine would be not having a routine. By this I don’t mean, don’t have a routine where you practice 1 hour every day for example. What I mean if your working your chest today do push ups, tomorrow do incline push-ups, the day after do clapping push ups, etc.
This keeps you motivated as your not bored doing the same exercises, while it keeps your body guessing and unable to get used to a particular exercise.
Concluding Martial Arts Training At Home
That’s pretty much it, for the martial arts training you can do at home. So to summarize at home you need to:
- Perfect the techniques you learned from your martial arts teacher.
- Improve your overall strength
- Increase your overall flexibilty
- Improve your endurance
Do that and I promise you that your martial arts colleagues are going to be left in the dust. They will not know what hit them when you start showing off the previous lessons techniques.