Archive for March, 2011

London Ju Jitsu Martial Arts Tip Of The Week: There is no such thing as a bad training session!

March 24, 2011

There are times when you turn up at a training session and nothing goes right. Your mind knows what you want to do but your body doesn’t do it. You may lose sparring bouts and kick yourself because you know where you went wrong and know it could have been avoided. All in all you think it was a bad training session and you may walk out downhearted. Be reassured that this happens to all of us! We all have off days of course whether through tiredness or injury, but sometimes I think your body is readjusting itself as well. We have to train our bodies to move in a certain way that may not be natural and to do that we have to break down old habits and rebuild with the new ones. It takes time and the body sometimes needs to get worse before it gets better!

 You may think your ability goes up and down with each session but as long as you keep applying yourself the trend will always be up. You only need to look at the novices to remember what you were like when you started and how far you’ve come! In my experience the training session that follows immediately after a really bad one is one of the better ones when everything goes right. I think this is partly because of the body readjusting as mentioned earlier, and partly because the bad session has focused your mind. During the days since the ‘bad’ one you’ve thought a lot about what you can improve and you enter the Dojo with renewed hunger. This sharpening of the mind and body is really useful and a reminder that we have to continually work hard to get better. Therefore In a lot of ways you’ve learned more from that session than a good one!

Finally the fact the you were there training and not finding an excuse not to is a success in itself!

London Ju Jitsu Martial Arts Tip Of The Week: Practice makes perfect.

March 5, 2011

Last week I read a great article by Matthew Syed in The Times. The article talked about the hours the rugby player Johnny Wilkinson puts into training and how those hours make us believe he is a genius. In the article Wilkinson was quoted as saying

 “My dedication is my greatest strength. I am able to stay out there practising until things are absolutely right. I don’t give up!”

The article then goes on to say. “Dig down into the biographies of Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, David Beckham or Mozart and the same story keeps repeating itself. Sustained dedication, passion and a powerful belief that with long devotion the rewards will flow. To put it simply, there is no such thing as effortless or preordained greatness.”  The article concludes with a quote from Pele.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

This article inspired me to look up a few quotes on the subject from some famous martial artists. Here are a few.

Bruce Lee:

“I refer to my hands, feet and body as the tools of the trade. The hands and feet must be sharpened and improved daily to be efficient.
It is true that the mental aspect of kung-fu is the desired end; however, to achieve this end, technical skill must come first.
The techniques, though they play an important role in the early stage, should not be too restrictive, complex or mechanical. If we cling to them, we will become bound by their limitation. Remember, you are expressing the technique, and not doing Technique number two, Stance three, Section four?
Practice all movements slow and fast, soft and hard; the effectiveness of Jeet Kune-Do depends on split-second timing and reflexive action, which can be achieved only through repetitious practice.
When performing the movements, always use your imagination. Picture your adversary attacking, and use Jeet Kune-Do techniques in response to this imagined attack. As these techniques become more innate, new meaning will begin to emerge and better techniques can be formulated.”

Bruce Lee:

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Gichin Funakoshi

“Each year in the month of April, a great number of new students enroll in the karate classes of the universities’ physical education departments – most of them, fortunately, with the dual purpose of building up their spiritual as well as their physical strength. Nonetheless, there are always some whose only desire is to learn karate so as to make use of it in a fight. These almost inevitably drop out of the course before half a year has passed, for it is quite impossible for any young person whose objective is so foolish to continue very long in karate. Only those with a higher ideal will find karate interesting enough to persevere in the rigors it entails. Those who do will find that the harder they train, the more fascinating the art becomes.”

Morihei Ueshiba

“Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere.”

Morihei Ueshiba

“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”

And this one from Ueshiba I’ve included just because I like it!

“When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way.”