Training in martial arts is often thought of as a specific time of the day or week when people practice or compete to hone their skills on the mat. A more accurate view of martial arts is that it’s more of a lifestyle instead of a standalone activity. The deeper you go into your training, the more you will see that progress on the mat is fueled by your lifestyle off the mat.
Here are three aspects of daily life that contribute to living a martial arts lifestyle:
1. Intentional Living
Living with intention and purpose is one of the hallmarks of a martial artist. To train with purpose is the only way to progress. But only finding purpose during your time at the dojo will make for a long road to success. Intent and purpose are practices for every minute of every day. When these concepts become a part of your life, your time on the mat will be significantly enhanced.
2. Rest and Recovery
Sometimes training is used as a release mechanism from the stress of daily life. We are so used to always moving and going that we use martial arts to decompress and re-focus. But moderation is still in order, which means a balanced amount of rest and recovery from training and work. Making sure you have the energy to train leads to better habits for sleep and nutrition. These elements improve every facet of your life and make training more effective.
3. Healthy Choices
Healthy choices don’t just apply to what you eat and how you rest. They apply to what you avoid, how you manage stress, and who you choose to allow to be an influence in your life. Martial arts training can be the motivator for making slight adjustments to your life. And the side effect is a lifestyle that is healthy and sustainable in later years. When you choose the path of martial arts, you also select a way of change and growth. Your lifestyle will bend to suit your goals on the mat and serve you in everything you do.
The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia is a community that sets the finest example of living a martial arts lifestyle. If you’re interested in becoming a part of our community, contact us to learn more about the programs and classes we’re currently offering.