This has more to do with martial arts training than you might think.
It is easy to imagine that low-impact cardio improves martial arts performance. However, there are many other similarities. I list some that come to mind below:
- both should be learned from the best teacher you can find
- both are great ways to spend time with your family, and great gifts of knowledge to give your children
- both might just save your life one day (you hope you never need to use them in an emergency)
- both depend on proper breathing, and you cannot assume you know how to do this correctly unless you have been taught
- both are less about strength and more about technique, especially for endurance
- both are ultimately battles to submit the body to the mind
- both may be done against others, but ultimately are determined by ourselves
- both need regular practice practice practice --- of course :-)
It goes like this:
I did not enjoy swimming because I was bad at it.
I was bad at swimming so I never did it.
I never did it so I never got any better at it.
I never got any better so I never learned to enjoy it.
This was an endless cycle for more than 35 years, until this year.
Now I love to swim. I feel my progress every week, and I genuinely enjoy getting better and better at it. Every new milestone I reach makes me feel proud. Martial arts has always been like this for me, and I learned it applies to a lot of other things as well.
What about you? What are the negative spirals in your life? Can you make a plan and conquer them? Can you use your martial arts training as a way of understanding how to go beyond your limitations?
I want to hear your stories as much as I want to share my own.
CHANGE YOUR LIFE.