The Power of Choice For Fitness Success at gyms in Benton, AR

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The Power of Choice For Fitness Success at gyms in Benton, AR

What if someone gave you a gift, a special gift: the ability and freedom to do and have anything. Anything you want, it’s yours: Ripped abs, tones legs and arms, youthful skin, a leading spot on a sports team, a black belt in Martial Arts, a college degree, anything you want, it’s yours. Imagine that for a minute. What would it be like? What would you want???

It sounds awesome doesn’t it.

Ok, back to reality….. well actually, that is reality: You can have anything you want. You don’t need a genie in a lamp, or a special gift.  But you might need what most folks training at gyms in Benton, AR , who are failing at their fitness and other goals don’t have: the realization that the power is in your hands. It’s your choice to have it, or to not have it.

Let me explain: I’ve been in the fitness industry a long time, and the Martial Arts industry even longer. I’ve seen a lot of people reach their goals, but most of them fail and never accomplish anything. Statistics show that around 90% of diet attempts fail. Same goes for education: Most research suggests that around 60% of college freshmen don’t graduate. In Martial Arts like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 80 percent of people quit in the first month. I do not believe there’s been an official study, but I would guess less than 1% of people make it to black belt.

Ok so enough with the statistics and talks of failure. What does all this mean to you, that’s what you want to know, right?

Well, I’m going to show you how you can achieve your fitness goals at gyms in Benton, AR , and how you can be happier with your life in general! 

And it’s all through one thing: the power of choice. When you begin to say “I choose to” or “I choose not to” you will have a new found freedom in your life, and you’ll be much happier! It seems so simple, but what I have just told you is a golden key to unlock a new door and totally change your life…and most importantly get success from gyms in Benton, AR !

Let’s take a deeper look in to what I’m talking about. I’m a coach. I’ve coached  a lot of people of all ages. Most likely if you are reading this, you’ve had a coach, or a teacher at the least. Ever had a coach or teacher tell you you have to A, B and C to accomplish something? Whether it be a weightless goal, fitness goal, pass a test, or some other goal, all goals have one thing in common: There’s steps you have to take to achieve them! Have you ever responded to a coach with something like: “Well I can’t do that”? I hear that a lot, actually. “I can’t”. “I just can’t do that”. “My coach doesn’t understand…”, “I have a job”, “I have a family”, “I don’t have as much money as everyone else”. The list goes on and on but those are the common excuses I hear, and I imagine many trainers at gyms in Benton, AR hear…. The truth is, all of those people can reach their goals at gyms in Benton, AR , and so can you. You might not believe me yet, so let me cover a few key objections people have to reaching their goals:

Time: Time is a big objection when it comes to folks reaching fitness goals at gyms in Benton, AR . “I don’t have time to train that much”. Well, let’s take a closer look at that. Let’s say you worked out 2 hours a day 7 days a week (and I’m being generous here, because you don’t even have to train that much). That’s 14 hours a week out of 168 total hours in a week. That’s 8.3% of your time. It sounds silly doesn’t it? 8% of your time.   If you really wanted to achieve a goal, say losing weight, getting toned, earning a black belt and someone told you sure, just give 8% of your time, would you do it? I bet you would if you looked at it like that. But this is a big factor when it comes to folks achieving goals at gyms in Benton, AR . “I don’t have time”. Well, the truth is you do. This is where choice comes in. You choose to do other things. When you sit at home and watch TV, when you go out on a date, when you hangout with friends, when you go shopping, when you browse Facebook, etc, you are making a conscious choice to do something with your time.  According to research from Berkley in 2004, Americans spend 9x more time watching TV than on sports. That’s just one example of the many that are out there that show people spend more time making themselves unhealthy than actually improving their lives. But the point is you do have time. You have all the time in the world to do anything you want! You have the same 24 hours a day as everyone else. But it’s what you choose to do with your time that matters. What do you choose to do with your time?

I probably have not convinced you yet. You are probably still coming up with other objections, like the common: Money, Family and Job stuff. Let’s address those now.

Money: “I don’t have the money to do that”.  Most people think they can’t afford the gyms in Benton, AR . This one is simple. Do you have an iPhone, Droid or other smartphone? An iPhone costs a min $100 a month. If you have $100 a month for a phone, or if you have other luxuries like cable TV, a decent car, internet, go on vacations, etc, you have money. It goes back to that choice thing. What do you choose to do with your money? The fast food industry alone is a $110 billion dollar industry. Do you eat out? I’m not going to sit here and tell you what to do with your money, but unless you are living in a shelter, you probably have some form of income. What do you choose to do with your money?  Notice I said “choose”. That’s because it’s your money. You have the freedom to do whatever you want. You can spend all your money on drugs, or you can donate it all to the church. You can live a lavish lifestyle or you can live conservatively. It’s up to you. But ultimately if you put it on paper, more than likely you do have the money to get results from gyms in Benton, AR , but whether you choose to have the money for something is another story.

Job: A job in and of itself is a choice. I’d generally suggest that it’s a good choice, but it’s not a necessity. The reality of it is, is that you could bum off folks your entire life. Your job is your choice, and your line of work is your choice.  It might not be what you want as in “top of the list choice” but it’s a choice nonetheless. If you work a lot, it’s your choice. When you work is also your choice. Where you work is your choice.  I know a guy who quit a good paying job and lived off credit cards so he could be a world class BJJ competitor. His choice. When I opened my gym I didn’t have any money.  I lived there for 2 years. My choice. So what’s your choice when it comes to work? Oh and if you work 40 hours a week that’s only 24% of your time by the way. What are you going to do with the rest…train at one of the gyms in Benton, AR perhaps?

Family: Like a job, having a family is a choice. This is a big objection when folks have obstacles reaching goals. Marriage is not a requirement, divorce is an option. Kids are not a requirement.  You can be a great spouse and parent, or you can be a crappy one. It’s your choice. (I hope you choose to be a great spouse and parent, but nonetheless, it’s your choice). Getting married is a choice, having kids with the same person is a choice. It’s all you and what you want with your life. What’s important to you?  And let’s be realistic, If you realize the benefits of your Martial Arts and Fitness training, why don’t you include your family! All of you should be enjoying the benefits from one of the gyms in Benton, AR !

Now, Those are a few of the common objections people have to reaching goals. Hopefully I’ve shown you that all of these objections are just that: choices. So now for the important part: My personal challenge to you: Instead of saying “I can’t” say “I choose”!   Yep, it’s that simple. Instead of saying “I can’t train at one of the gyms in Benton, AR … I have a family” say something like “My family is important to me and tonight I choose to spend time with them instead of train”. Don’t say things like “I don’t have money to workout at one of the gyms in Benton, AR, but instead say something like “I choose to have an iPhone, cable TV, fast-food, (or whatever else it is) Instead of spending my money on training”.  Do not say “I can’t lose weight”, Instead say: “I choose to eat out, snack on cheetos and cokes, and make unhealthy choices” (this is assuming there’s no underlying medical problem which in majority of cases there is not).

So, now you know you can choose to do whatever you want. Here’s the second part to this money ticket: Are your choices congruent with your goals? First, let’s define “congruent”. “Congruent” is an  adjective meaning: agreeing; accordant; congruous.  So in order to be successful your choices, actions and behavior must be congruent with your goals. Here’s an example: Let’s say your goal is to compete in a martial arts tournament. Well, you have a few options: 1. you could not train at one of the gyms in Benton, AR , and you’d likely lose your money and the match. Doesn’t sound fun or productive, but you could do that. 2. You could spend your time, money and resources to train for the event and do your best.   Assuming you do #2, you will have to make some choices: “Do I buy a new phone”, “Do I stay home with my family tonight”, “Should I eat out at McDonalds”, “Should I go to a party instead of training”.   These are a few examples of choices you might be faced with. Instead of saying “I can’t train that much because I have to do xxxx, change your statement to: “I choose not to train enough because I chose to do xxxx instead.”

Where people have problems with fitness goals at gyms in Benton, AR  is when they are not mindful enough to realize that their life is their choice and no one has to do anything. Sure with every action comes and equal and opposite reaction, in other words a consequence, but it’s up to you to weigh that and choose the route you want to take.  Some consequences are good, some aren’t. It’s your life, it’s your choice.  Many times folks get angry that they can’t do certain things or be certain things, they blame their coach, or other people instead of themselves. The truth is: 9 times out of 10, their behavior and choices are not congruent with their goals. This opens people up for failure and  leads them to anger and a whole host of other things. Sometimes they quit their journey to their goal all together.

So here’s my challenge to you: with everything you do, don’t say “I can or I can’t”. Instead say “I choose” or “I don’t choose”.   If you really want to be successful training at one of the gyms in Benton, AR , you have to accept personal accountability. After you take some time and start saying that, you’ll start to realize that you can do anything you want. You’ll think through your choices and ultimately you should be happier. After all it’s your choice, and why choose something that makes you unhappy, right? Personal accountability is one of the major keys to success. Do you have it?

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Mixed Martial Arts In Benton AR : You Are Always Improving!

“I Feel Like I’m Getting Worse Every Time I Train !”

I hear a lot of people say this ( in particular many of my students at Revolution MMA in Benton, AR ). : Kids and adults alike.  I’ve heard it time and time again. You can see the discouragement on their faces when they express this. Some people even consider quitting. Chances are, at some point in your Martial Arts training you’ve felt this way. Don’t worry, we all have. It’s totally normal. And this blog is for you!

Now, first let’s talk about why you feel that way.  Here’s why: When you first start training, you feel pretty good. You hit the pad as hard as you can, you kick your opponent hard. The loud slap you hear coupled with your sudden shortness of breath makes you feel good. If you’re training Jiu Jitsu you’re probably doing a lot of grunting and pushing folks off of  you. You make sharp, jerky and strong movements, and when you squeeze the crap out of someone’s head with your leg scissor or headlock you feel like you’ve won. After all, that’s what most new students do: Try to win. That’s the point isn’t it?

Not exactly: Later on down the line, you should start trying to use the things you learn in class. You stop trying to throw super hard kicks and punches while the rest of your body flings all over the place with your chin sticking up as if it had a bullseye on it. If you do Jiu Jitsu, you stop trying to hold and bench press folks, and you start trying to relax and move. In other words, you’re trying to do the right moves the right way. You are concentrating on what your whole body is doing, and trying to make harmonious movements! Good job! When you start trying to actually use the techniques you learn during classes at Revolution MMA in Benton, you discover that you aren’t always good at them right away. You go from overpowering folks via strength to sometimes ending up in a less preferred position because you tried and failed at a technical escape.

This is about the time students come to us and say they feel like they are getting worse. The truth is, you aren’t getting worse at all. You are trying to use techniques you haven’t mastered yet. You are trying to do the right moves the right way, use technique instead of strength, and this is exactly what you should be doing while training Martial Arts!

Let me let you in on a little secret: Did you know it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill? That’s 10,000 jabs, 10,000 snake moves, 10,000 escapes, that’s a lot of time in the gym training isn’t it? !  That could amount to years if you think about it. Expecting to be good the first time you try is a lot of pressure.  This pressure causes some folks to feel a real let-down, and sense of defeat early on that leads to quitting. They essentially had unrealistic expectations, and fell short. You shouldn’t be feeling bad at all!

Let me put it in perspective: Think back to your early educational years. When you “graduated” elementary school and moved to middle school, you probably felt pretty good about your math skills. When you got to middle school math class, you head might have exploded! Did you get worse at math suddenly? Not really. You were just adding things to your knowledge database, and you have to practice in order for them to become easier.  About the time they got easier you moved to High School, then College. The cycle keeps repeating. It’s supposed to.

Here’s My Secret Recipe To Get The Fastest Results From Your Training at Revolution MMA Benton :

Mixed Martial Arts In Benton ARThere’s a saying that “practice makes perfect”, well in actuality, “perfect practice makes perfect”. As you mature in your training, don’t always try to win. Try to work on the things you learn, and add new techniques and combinations to your arsenal. Accept that you might not pull them off the first time. In fact, I’d recommend trying them out on people who are less skilled/ newer than you are. Once you have success against a lesser opponent, move up in skill level. As you work your way up, you’ll start to see you are improving. Start the cycle over again. Keep a training journal with notes of your combinations and moves you are trying to improve. Keep notes of your successes and failures, and review your notes regularly.  Additionally, watch matches and videos online, or via DVD. If you can stay and watch an advanced class at your gym. Visualization plays a huge role in your body’s ability to perform. If you can video your self training, do so, and review your videos on a regular basis. Take the notes in your journals and evaluate progress. Ask your opponents and coach for feedback. With this “recipe” you can have a constant evolution in your game plan, and rest assured that you are constantly improving your training  towards your end goal .

If You Really Want To Improve, Try Private Lessons:

During a private lesson, your coach will create a special blueprint just for your success. You can review your notes and videos with your coach and listen to an advanced perspective on your performance. You can discuss any problems you are having, and get precise help to fix those problems. You will have a time dedicated just to you and your success. In fact, it’s proven that people who train private lessons get better faster.  1 private lesson can teach you more than 1 month of group classes.

If you happened to land on this blog and you don’t train Martial Arts yet, or you’re just looking to get in shape and have fun with an activity you can actually stick with, let me invite you to give us a try at Revolution MMA in Benton, Arkansas.  By clicking here you can contact us and we’ll set you up a no obligation personal consultation!

Martial Arts Benton : Can Anyone Be A Black Belt?

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" Can Anyone Be A Black Belt? "

This is one of the most controversial topics in Martial Arts everywhere, even in Benton.

“Can anyone be a black belt?” 

I had never pondered this question until I was a teenager about 8 years in to my Martial Arts journey.  As I moved through the years in Martial Arts, this question kept reoccurring. Depending on who you asked when, the answer was different.  I had never decided for myself, and then one day, as a gym owner, I was smacked in the face and forced to answer this question once and for all.  Keep reading, I’m going to give you a quick history lesson that led me to the shocking answer.

How did this question come about so many years ago? Well, an instructor at my gym was talking with my mom. We were pretty active in the gym and he would tell her all the latest happenings at times, even if he wasn’t supposed to. He told her he and the owner were discussing the topic. He didn’t feel anyone could be a black belt. The owner did. And that was a problem. Until that moment I had never entertained that thought. I suddenly felt very insecure and worried, even though I was already a black belt. I thought perhaps I might not “cut it” for advancement. I remember that day very clearly. I was a teenager, I think about 14 years old.

But let’s go back farther for a minute: From my experience training traditional Martial Arts since the 80′s and now owning a gym, I have been on the front end and experienced the “bubble” of 2 particular Martial Arts styles: Traditional TaeKwon-Do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

When I began training TKD 20 years ago, it catered to the same age group as BJJ and MMA does now. Everyone who did it was tough. We trained in a skating rink actually, and it smelled funny.  Then we moved to a new spot that had a thin layer of carpet over concrete floors, and that’s about it. A bloody nose was an often occurrence, and the word “retention” meant nothing to school owners. They only wanted the hardcore students.  Testings at my gym above second degree were “secret” and no one could talk about it.  To test for my 2nd degree black belt I had to demonstrate a number of skill, knowledge and physical demonstrations, one of which was  going to my coach’s trailer park and running around the park for 2 miles. It was pitch black and I’d guess my age to be in the 10-13 year old range.  I remember trying to think what I’d do if someone attacked me. I’m not quite sure what my coach did during that time. If you asked those school owners like my coach if anyone could be a black belt, they’d most certainly laugh and say no. A black belt was for those guys who “made it” and never quit. Dojo storms were common, and people always tried to “check” one another’s rank, or try to prove something.

I remember moving to a larger gym 7 years in to my training. This gym was a little more main stream and they wanted me to wear this protective equipment called  headgear and mouth piece. It was absurd, or so I thought.  You also couldn’t punch someone in the face until you were a certain rank, and white belts didn’t spar right away. You actually waited a good 6 months before you even started sparring. I remember one of my first days there we sparred. I was in the black belt teen class and paired up with a nice black belt girl. I punched her right in the face as soon as they said go. She fell down and everyone stared at me. I was so used to trying to stay alive, that I did not know there was a concept called “flowing” or going easy on an opponent. I later learned that. If you asked these people if anyone could be a black belt, you might get a different answer. I will say this was a quality gym with tough ranking standards, but it was evident that the thought processes were changing.  As the years went on, it became obvious everywhere that the pendulum was swinging the other direction.

I began to feel myself wondering back to what I was used to and I would go train on the side at a local kickboxing gym that was less mainstream and much more hardcore.  This gym equally smelled funny, and unlike the big gym with fancy mats, it was back to a place with a think layer of commercial carpet on concrete.

Fast forward to 2003. By this point the TaeKwon-Do and traditional Martial Arts bubble was bursing. “No Holds Barred” was the new “tough guy” Martial Art, and traditional Martial Arts schools catered to mostly children (who could earn a black belt at the age of 5 btw).  I remember my first experience training BJJ. I enjoyed it because it reminded me of the times I first started training TKD. There wasn’t a lot of hooplah, the gym was small, no one washed their gi, the mats weren’t always clean, and some folks weren’t very nice, but I still liked it. There was no curriculum, you just kinda got beat tough and if you stayed you kinda made it, or so one might feel that way.  I do remember I did feel a bit “gross” after every class. Some folks I can say with 100% certainty never washed their body or gi in their life!  None of that mattered. The place was packed b/c BJJ was different than main stream Martial Arts philosophy at the time (by this time those TKD instructors would tell you anyone will be a black belt in 2 years).

BJJ didn’t hand out black belts to 5 year olds, it was real, it was hard! But ask these BJJ teachers the same thing: “Can anyone be a black belt?”, they would have most certainly said no.  In fact if you reached blue belt status you might as well have been a god. I had no idea what I needed to do to get a blue belt other than wait and keep training.  In fact my first BJJ teacher used to stand in front of the class and talk about how it took him 10 Years to get a black belt and it was gonna take us that long too (if we even made it). It was eerily similar to my past traditional Martial Arts experiences. Dojo storms started happening again. It’s the same deal repackaged all over.

Fast forward again to 2011. By now I’ve owned 2 successful gyms for 6 years. In addition to all of my years training and assisting at different gyms, I’ve now been 100% responsible for my own student’s progress. In this time I have often revisited the question “Can anyone be a black belt?”.  

I was faced with a lot of different considerations. I’ve had older students who wanted rank and claimed they couldn’t train like the younger students because they had commitments, families, and were older in years. They didn’t want to be held to the same expectations physically as a young person. I’ve had people get injured and still come to class yet not get rank because, despite their hard work, they could not physically perform the task. I’ve had folks who put little effort in to class and considered it a social event rather than training expect rank because they fulfilled their “class requirements”.  I have been faced with some tough decisions, and I was very stressed over my predicament.  I was in a pickle and it was decision time.

Was I being to hard on the older students? Was I not being accommodating to their family commitments?

Was I expecting too much? Was I being unreasonable or “old school”?

I was sitting there holding that pendulum in my hand, trying to find the right spot. On one side was those who give out black belts like candy, on the other were those like many of the gyms I trained at. Both set their students up for failure: One for handing out rank to those who didn’t deserve it and for NOT having a standard, the other for not having a means to get to the end, essentially for not facilitating the student’s journey. I didn’t want to be either. I wanted my students to get to black belt. I wanted to provide them a path, but I also wanted them to earn it. As I began to ponder the right answer I began looking in other places. I began looking at other professionals and quickly reconsidered my time at a university. I then considered an idea, a theory if you will:

“Earning a black belt in Martial Arts is no different than earning an advanced degree”

All sorts of people earn degrees, some have learning disabilities, some have families and work 2 jobs, some are rich, some are poor. Some need to take remedial classes first. Some go to school full time and live there and take 21 hours a semester. Some go to 1 class a semester and take longer to earn their degree. Some have to take time off for various reasons, and then return. There are people all in between. But anyone who meets the requirements can earn a degree! Those who want it bad enough will do anything to meet the requirements to earn that piece of paper! Next I began to look at the expectations most college professors held of their students for earning an advanced degree:

  • Did the part time students who had families and jobs receive special priviledges in class? Were they excused from excess work because of time contstraints? No.
  • Did the “older” students get to take longer to complete a test, or did they receive special help or accommodations, or even receive an exemption for certain tests or performances? After all everything declines with age: eyesight, hearing, memory, etc. (and by older I mean those not just out of High School) But in fact these “older” students were held to the same standards as all other students. Whether you were 18, 60 or anywhere in between, you were held to the same standard.
  • Were the students who intended to make a living from their degree treated differently than someone who just wanted to earn a degree for another reason (say a stay at home mom who just wanted an education “in case”)? No.
  • What would happen if I went to class and said I’d like to be a surgeon but: “I really don’t have time for this internship b/c I’m  not like these young guys who can live at the university and dedicate all their time to studies.  Afterall, I’ve got commitments! I’m a bit more forgetful than I was, and the tests are too hard!”  What would the professor say? He’d laugh. It’s absurd.

As I answered these questions, it became clear to me:

“You don’t have to be the top of Harvard’s graduating class to be a surgeon, and you don’t have to be a world champion to be a black belt.

But there’s one commonality: You have to meet the bar.”

There’s a standard of what it takes to be a surgeon, doctor, lawyer, etc.  While there are variations between those who pass, there’s still a minimum performance requirement that must be attained and demonstrated, regardless of age, sex, life situation, natural born ability, etc.  If you want to be a surgeon, you best be prepared to perform surgery. And you best be prepared to perform it correctly!

Ultimately that led  me to my decision!

“Anyone who meets the requirements can earn a black belt!”

So now this brings the question…Which of my 2 instructors was correct? Well, both were. One felt anyone could achieve black belt, I agree with this. With hard work, perseverance, and proper instruction, anyone can. The one who felt that not everyone can be a black belt felt so because, well, there were a lot of people approaching black belt who needed to make drastic changes in order to actually perform as a black belt. Essentially “not everyone can be a black belt in their current state”.  Anyone who didn’t come up as a lifetime Martial Artist would be wrong not to think that earning a black belt will require some drastic lifestyle changes. Afterall, if you are going to be a black belt, you had better be ready to perform like one. I’ve heard a number of excuses for people being black belts yet not being able to perform: I’ve heard 5 year olds justified as black belts because “their mind knows the moves but their bodies aren’t mature” I’ve seen folks who can barely raise a leg get promoted because “they know it, and if they were in better shape they could do it”.  I’ve also heard the excuse “I don’t want to be a competitor, so I shouldn’t be held to a tough standard.”  That’s crap! You’ve got to be able to do it. Period. If that means losing 100 lbs, waiting till a child is a tad older, training harder, or improving yourself any other way, you had better do it. Otherwise, you don’t deserve it.

The problem with Martial Arts is not that the arts themselves “suck” or are “ineffective”, it’s that in many gyms and organizations, it has become socially acceptable, even expected, that anyone can get a black belt even if they don’t meet the bar.  In fact it’s so commonplace now that instructors lower the bar bit by bit so more students can reach it.  Before you know it, the bar is on the floor and everyone is stepping over it with a bare effort to raise their leg. You don’t have to be a trained Martial Artist to notice it.  In fact it’s a problem because many people noticing it are not trained Martial Artists.  Show up at your doctors office and you can quickly tell if your doctor is qualified. Martial Arts is no different. This has trickled down to the students: In today’s Martial Arts systems, there seems to be a sense of entitlement running rampant amongst the students as well.  It could be just the overall degredation of American Society, or perhaps folks are under the false impression that earning rank in Martial Arts is the equivalent of earning a cookie for your hard work. I’m not sure. So, I had found the answer and now it was time to act.  I once had a college professor tell me “never lower the bar. Instead raise it and people will rise up to meet it”. She’s right. I set the bar. I expect everyone to reach it. I know everyone can reach it. It’s not a matter of “can do”, it’s a matter of “will do”.

“Everyone has the desire, not everyone has the will power to make it happen.”

So back to our question: “Can anyone be a black belt?” Yes! I did it, and you can too! But be prepared to rise up and meet the bar!  In fact don’t rise up to the bar, surpass it! 

Martial Arts Arkansas Training Do You Make Cookies or Crap?

Martial Arts ArkansasI debated for quite some time what my first “philosophical” blog should be about, but decided I’d blog about Martial Arts, afterall Martial Arts Arkansas is what I’ve been doing for over 23 years now. Now that’s a broad subject to blog about, but then I remembered teaching a private lesson to some of the kids in my Kids Jiu Jitsu Program.  Learning Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts Arkansas can be somewhat complex, especially for kids. You see, there are a lot of steps and you have to get them all right or it won’t work.  You see, Martial Arts Arkansas is like anything else in life, and that’s like baking cookies. We’ve all had some experience baking cookies. I have about as much cooking experience as the average guy, but I still understand the basic principle: You have to follow the recipe, otherwise, it’s not cookies, it’s crap.

As you learn and practice the techniques as part of your training in Martial Arts Arkansas , it’s important that you pay close attention to all of the steps involved. Missing 1 step makes the whole thing out of wack; it simply won’t work right. Your entire body has a role in the techique: your arms, legs, abs, and even your mind.  If you leave out 1 ingredient off the cookie recipe, they wont cook right. Leave out 1 step of your techniques, and they simply won’t work right.

So, how do you ensure you get it right? Simple: Repitition, focused training, and proper instruction. Let’s start with proper instruction: You have to learn the right move the right way. You need someone better than you watching you and correcting mistakes. Someone else will notice things you don’t and remind you to do it with precision. As you train, it’s important you focus. You have to clear your mind, and think about nothing but the technique and what you are doing. You have to focus on everything, your arms, legs, body, etc. Notice every detail and try to make it as perfect as possible. Finally, you have to repeat the technique. Repetition builds muscle memory and trains proper movement. Sometimes you should repeat the drill or technique slowly. Paying attention to every detail to make sure it’s correct. Later on, speed it up, but only go as fast as you can with proper technique. Anything faster is a waste.

This week as you train, I encourage you to train with a purpose. Train to make cookies, not crap. Focus on your training. Take notes if needed, and practice at home. Try your best to get it exactly right. Be sure to ask questions. And most importantly, remember that this doesn’t just apply to Martial Arts Arkansas . It applies to everything. There’s  recipe for running your business right, doing your job, relationships, and everything in life. Whatever it is that’s important to you, or you are trying to improve, try to find the recipe and follow it exactly. Do it right and you will be successful.

If you are not yet in a Martial Arts Arkansas Program, let me invite you to our gym! I’ll give you a 30 Day Free Trial, Free Tshirt, Free consultation and Free E course. We offer Mixed Martial Arts Arkansas programs such as:

Jiu Jitsu

Muay Thai Kickboxing

Kids Martial Arts

You can click on any of the above websites and sign up for your Free E course. I’ll call you right away, and you’ll be on your way to training Martial Arts Arkansas !

~Abby