There are a number of different reasons why one might want to study martial arts. Whatever your reason, one of the main reasons is to learn how to defend yourself against a would-be attacker who will attack you. The best thing that you can do to prepare yourself for such an attack is to know what you need to do. If you know that you need to train regularly, then you need to set up a regular training schedule. If you know that you need to get good at punching, then you need to train your muscles to exert more force.
Once you have made that decision that you need to train, and you have set up the sessions that you know you need to attend, you need to be sure of two things:
1) That the sessions are realistic – in the vast majority of cases the attacker does not give a flying snot what you think about doing, and in most cases what you think about doing is not what you will actually do.
2) That you do the sessions in the same manner that you think you need to attend them.
Of course, the idea of this article is not to talk about what you need to do, but rather to talk about what you don’t need to do. The idea of this is not to get into fights with your fellow martial artists. The idea of this is to help you be sure of the things that you do and don’t need to do so that you don’t waste your time and energy.
If you want to get the most out of your martial arts, you need to work out with the idea that you will be attacked and defend. Not with the idea that you will fight and not with the idea that you will get into fights.
If you want to know how to use your skills under pressure, you must train with the idea that you won’t be able to use your skills under pressure. And you must make sure you can protect yourself with your skills. If you want to know how to maximize your potential, you must train with the idea that you will maximize your potential.
It’s not enough to learn techniques, you must learn how to make the combinations work. If you can’t make the combinations work, then the techniques are pointless.