Training or sparring with a partner is a great way to practice and apply your martial arts skills. And throughout your martial arts journey, you’ll train (and compete) with a variety of martial arts students.

No matter who you’re training with, here are a few ways to ensure that you’re a good martial arts training partner:

  • Be safe.
  • Be respectful.
  • Be focused.
  • Be grateful.


1. Be safe.

One of the most important parts of being a good martial arts partner is safety. Remember that the primary goal of sparring with a partner is to practice what you’ve learned. But at the same time, you have to keep your limits as well as your partner’s limits in mind as you train. So be mindful of what you’re trying to achieve in your martial arts training but never at the cost of being unsafe or causing injury.

2. Be respectful.

Another way to ensure that you’re a good martial arts partner is to be respectful. Being courteous and training with integrity go both ways on the mat. Demonstrate respectful behaviors and allow your partner to show that same level of character while training.

3. Be focused.

When you train with someone who’s focused on the task at hand, you’ll both get more out of the class and experience. Show your partner that you’re not only committed to your own martial arts goals but to theirs as well by staying focused and attentive to what’s happening in the present moment.

4. Be grateful.

Training with a partner can help you advance toward achieving your goals. It’s worthwhile to be grateful for the time you’re able to share and learn from others. Thank your training partners, as well as your instructors, for the roles they play in your martial arts journey. Gratitude will make you a stronger person both on and off the mats.

The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia is run by a family of black belts who loves sharing their knowledge of martial arts, self-defense, and fitness. We provide high-quality instruction that enables our students to grow in skill, character, and confidence.

Contact us today to learn more about how to get started on your martial arts journey.