Practicing martial arts like, Choe’s HapKiDo, is like trying to build a house — a strong foundation is needed. If for instance the pipes are loose after the work is done, construction workers will bash in the nice, polished wall plaster so to tighten the leaky spots. Like other sports, your technique in martial arts contributes to everything. And if time is not taken to perfect technique, then there could be problems further down the road. In fact, sometimes correcting technique requires breaking old habits so to replace them with better ones. Whether it is a certain kick or a self-defense move, there are effective ways to improve technique in martial arts.
5 Ways to Improve Your Technique
Practice Consistently. If reaching good level is desired, then dedication to practice consistently is necessary. Especially when getting to class is difficult on some days, set aside time to practice. The exercise will be good, and staying polished is more possible.
Work on Form at a Slower Pace. As a piano teacher will say, “Perfect practice makes perfect.” If you are struggling with a technique at a fast pace, try practicing at slower pace. This way, one can focus on being able to perform the technique error free. When the muscles are used to the movement, then gradually increase the speed of movement while remaining error free.
Strengthen the Other Muscles that Contribute to the Technique. The technique performed may look good, but the form could improve with some strengthening exercises for the surrounding muscles. For example, an arm might look good, but it is also made up of different components that require different workouts: shoulder, upper arm, forearm, elbow, wrist, hand, and fingers. In martial arts, working on a kick repetitively will strengthen some muscles, but to spend time to develop all the leg muscles as a whole will result in a stronger form.
Brush Off the Mess Ups. It is okay to mess up a technique, just avoid getting caught up in the frustration of it all. Make it a must to practice with continuous good attitude.
Ask for Feedback. Having someone else’s eyes to review a technique performed is beneficial. Especially asking advice from ad experts, they will be able to provide feedback with suggestions on how to improve.
Keep up the good work!