The Secret to Success in Martial Arts - 7 Tips By Joshua Peacock

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    The Secret to Success in Martial Arts - 7 Tips By Joshua Peacock
    By Bob Hubbard - 10-14-2009 01:13 AM

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    The Secret to Success in Martial Arts - 7 Tips
    By Joshua Peacock

    Though it might be hard to accept, the secret to becoming good doesn't have much to do with special books or incredible natural talent. It is actually much more simpler, in a sense, and many people may be disappointed to find that the martial arts isn't as mystical as they thought. But don't be discouraged! Anyone can become good still, even without all the myths about super powers and special abilities and old hermit teachers. Just follow these tips.

    1.) Focus. You need to concentrate on what you are doing. When you are training, you need to be in the moment, only thinking about what you are working on. Focus is vital in anything in life.

    2.) Dedication/Perseverance. How can you get anywhere if you don't care about it - or you just quit? You have to stick with it, be loyal to what you are doing, and work through it for better or worse.

    3.) Goals. Without focus, this is impossible. But now that you understand #1 you need to understand that in order to get somewhere, you have to set a goal. The human mind tends to work better towards something if they know what it is and if it is desirable. Set goals; become a goal oriented person.

    4.) Hard Work. Yes people, it really comes down to good ol' fashioned hard work. You can't get anything that you really want without working for it, especially in the martial arts. If you try your 200% best, you will get results - and keep getting them.

    5.) Repetition/Constant Practice. You need to do your forms and techniques over and over again, and you need to do them every day. This is how you get good. Repetition brings speed, power and your muscles become accustomed to the movement so that it become effortless. When you start out doing a round house kick, it can be really hard and tiring.
    But, as you practice over and over again every day, after a while it becomes so easy it takes practically no strength to deliver devastating blows. Heck, you can even practice in your mind while sitting down at work or driving in the car, or in the bed sick!

    6.) Acute Attention to Detail. As martial artists, we don't rely on brute strength or other physical attributes to combat. We use technique, because technique is superior. We are technicians; therefore, attention to those tiny details is what will make or break us as martial artists. Especially smaller, weaker artists.

    7.) Humility. This is the last, but certainly not the least. In fact, this is the most important thing to remember. In the martial arts, you check your ego at the door. If you're so impressed with yourself, how can you see your shortcomings? People will not like you, and you will no longer improve. And for what? So you can feel all mighty? Humility is absolutely vital. If you are missing this, then you are not a true martial artist.

    Follow these tips carefully and I guarantee that you will improve greatly. And remember to work hard, practice constantly, set goals, stay focused, and remain humble.


    Joshua started his martial journey in the art of Taekwondo, and holds a rank of second degree black belt. He has dabbled in many styles, including: Wung Chun, Capoeira, Taiji quan, Jeet Kune Do, American Kenpo and Eskrima/Arnis. Joshua also loves to write, and is inspired by his strong Christian Faith. He has been studying martial arts for ten years.

    To find out more about the author or to get more tips on self defense and the martial arts, visit: http://www.joshuapeacock.com or http://www.joshuapeacock.blogspot.com.
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