When you set out on the quest to learn mixed martial arts, you also set out on a quest of constant self-improvement.
Some techniques come easily, yet other techniques take years to master, and it can become quite challenging for you to maximize your mixed martial arts training sessions.
With the help of former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex “Little Rock” Silva – who battles the division’s reigning king Joshua “The Passion” Pacio for the crown at ONE: FIRE & FURY on 31 January in Manila, Philippines – we bring you five tips on how to get the most out of your time on the mats.
Be Patient With What You Learn
“It is important to respect the process of learning,” says Silva, who is also a Copa do Mundo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion. “You have to be patient – you can’t just jump past the process of learning.”
Patience in your mixed martial arts training is made up of equal parts discipline and consistency.
The moves and techniques you learn become second nature through disciplined practice and repetition. As much as your schedule allows, try to be consistent and build a routine that works for you.
Results will not appear overnight, but over time and with a consistent routine, you will see self-improvement.
Find A Good Gym With Good Teachers
Though it is not always a pre-requisite, a gym with well-qualified instructors is essential to your growth as a mixed martial artist.
“The instructors have to be patient enough to guide and instruct you, and of course, you need to do your best to listen and learn from them,” the 36-year-old Brazilian says.
A good teacher is the best resource available to you. With that in mind, take the opportunity to ask questions and pick up tips and tricks from them so you can get more from your mixed martial arts training.
If you feel you are lacking in certain areas and need personal attention, check if your gym offers private mixed martial arts classes.
Enjoy The Process And Remember To Have Fun
“Love what you do because if you don’t, then you will not enjoy the process – and you will not have fun learning,” the Evolve coach says.
Whether you are a beginner, an advanced student, or someone who has been training mixed martial arts for self-defense, remember to have fun and enjoy the progression.
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If you end up feeling frustrated, take a step back and reassess your mixed martial arts goals. By doing that, it helps to keep you motivated and focused on learning.
Respect Your Training Partners, Coaches, And Classmates
As mentioned earlier, it is important to respect the process of learning. Also, it is equally important to respect the team that is beneficial to your development.
“Respect your training partner, your instructors, and your fellow classmates,” Silva says.
Remember, the mats are the inner sanctum for mixed martial artists and every person is at the gym to learn – regardless of his or her skill level.
Challenge yourself by training with others better than you, and help others out whenever you can. You will experience better growth in your skills, attitude, and character.
Do Not Neglect Rest And Recovery
Constant training can put stress on your body and mind.
Take time off and rest to avoid burn out – or do some cross-training. When you feel rejuvenated and fresh, learning will feel more natural and enjoyable again.
Besides, training is not always done in the gym. There are many martial arts books and videos for you to study during your downtime. These activities can help your mind stay focused on martial arts until you resume your training again.
Your goal as a martial artist is to always improve. Take a more active step in your journey with these five tips and start getting more out of your training today.