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How to succeed in the martial arts.

How to do I become a great martial artist? That’s a big question that I’ve been asked more than once. It’s hard to answer, but there is one skill that I’ve realized every successful martial artist has. If you can master it, not only will you be a great martial artist, you’ll be great at everything you try. That’s what this week’s message of the week is all about.

The one skill that every successful martial artist needs is flexibility and I’m not talking about touching your toes. I’m talking about being able to adapt and adjust to new situations and events. Rarely does something go smoothy and you get it on the first try so you need to be flexible.

This week’s message of the week is:

Adaptability is being able to adjust to any situation at any time.

When you’re learning a new kata, pattern or combo, it can take you many tries before you learn it. Especially when you’re sparring, with someone things don’t always go as planned. They zig when you expect them to zag. They kick, when you thought they’d punch. You need to adjust and adapt. If you can do that, you know you’re going to be a great martial artist.

The great thing is, if you learn that skill, not only will it help you be successful in the martial arts, you’ll be successful at whatever you do. Whenever you’re doing ANYTHING, you’ll need to adjust and adapt to new information, situations and conditions. If you can take what you’ve learned in the dojo into the real world, it’ll definitely help you.

So…if you’re still wondering “How do I become a great martial artist?”…be flexible.

I look forward to seeing you on the mats,

Michael

PS. This reminds me of the time that we talked about Habits and Routines. Check out that video HERE.

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