The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Monday, August 11, 2014

The Importance of Conditioning in Martial Arts Training

Below is an excerpt from a post that was published at Title Boxing Blog. The full post may be read here.

Although once you get in the ring, you often come face-to-face with a variety of things you didn’t expect, the one thing you can absolutely control in boxing happens before you ever climb through the ropes.

You determine how well-conditioned you are and that happens in the gym, in your preparation. It’s where you put in the work that yields results come fight time OR exposes you as an underprepared athlete. Skill, talent and adaptability will take you far, but conditioning is part of a strong athletic foundation that those traits depend on.

At your best, when you are in shape, you can press the action and will be able to handle whatever you’re faced with. At your worst, poor conditioning limits your ability to do what needs to be done.

Either way, it all starts and is crafted in the gym and it’s the one thing in boxing that you have 100% control over…that is, if you choose to. So…if you can have total control over this one aspect of your training, why in the world wouldn’t you? Why wouldn’t you go that extra round or take one last lap around the track? It could mean having to dig a little deeper in your day-to-day training, but will keep you from coming up short once you hear the phrase “Touch ‘em up.” This might sound like the typical gym mantra of “Push yourself”, but it’s much more intentional than that. This is about setting a goal before you walk in the gym with no plan other than reaching or exceeding it.

Don’t just go in the gym to do what you did yesterday or a little bit more. Plan your attack and then breakthrough what challenges you the most. Don’t make these goals and plans unattainable, but DO make them hard. Do what scares you just a little bit.   The biggest successes in the ring happen when you are faced with either breaking-through or breaking-down.

When the going gets tough and you start to doubt yourself, don’t stop to do a gut check. Act on instinct. Don’t allow yourself time to think and second-guess yourself, just power through it. Shut out any other thought than to just keep going. Simply don’t negotiate with yourself.

If your mind wanders anywhere, make it go to the future. Control your thoughts. Don’t focus on your current pain or fatigue. Instead, think about WHY you’re there, WHY you’re training so hard. It’s to win. At the end of your workout and, more importantly, after the fight, you will live with the thrill of victory or the regret of giving-in one minute too soon.

These simple three techniques will help you master the one aspect of the sport that is totally up to you and that’s being the most well-conditioned, fully-prepared athlete you can be.


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