Thursday, January 4, 2024

The Worst Martial Arts Mistake You Can Make

Across from your training partner in the dojo, the two of you ready to practice a martial arts technique. It’s your turn to practice, and half way through the technique you make a mistake or forget the movement.

What do you?


In training, always finish a technique.

Always finish it out no matter how poorly it’s executed or works.

Struggle through it as you are training your body and mind to work together without thinking- the concept of mushin in the Japanese martial arts.

In the martial arts you are working to get you movement to a point where it happens (correctly) without thinking- you just act. If one has to think, they are not moving, and if you are not moving in the martial arts…

Every time you stop a technique, or pause in your movement because something unexpected happens, that is what you are training your mind-body to do.

Can you see the danger in this?

This is the worst martial arts mistake you can make.

Naturally we try and want to get a martial arts technique perfect, and we are going to work on polishing and improving that, but the dojo is the place that you can make mistakes, get it wrong, and get to try it again.

Work on building positive body-mind movement, don’t stop the movement.

See you on the mat!

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