Use An Event To Improve Faster

In Coaching, Discipline, Excellence, General, Kids Martial Arts Classes, Leadership, Personal Stories, Uncategorized by Don Alley

Use An Event To Improve Faster

Hey, what’s up, everybody?! Welcome to Master Alley’s Training Tips – episode number one! The training tip for today is: Use an event to improve, faster!

You’re already making sure that you’re coming to class and that you’re training. You may be working towards your yellow belt, your orange belt, eventually your black belt, right? Some of you are black belts, even farther, second degree, third degree. I’d like to encourage you all to have an event within the next two or three months that you’re always pushing for and training for. A good one to improve in martial arts is an upcoming tournament. Or maybe you want to become a martial arts instructor. You think, “Okay, I’m coming to class. I’m working on my curriculum,” but make sure that you have something extra that pushes you to go the extra distance. Train a little bit more on your own to make sure that you get better!

There are runners, there are people that do triathletes and things like that. They do the exact same thing by using an event to train harder. If you go on a run just to run, you might run. If you have, let’s say, an Iron Man to race in, or a 5K or a 10K, you’re going to run differently. You’re going to push yourself a little bit more. When you don’t want to get out of bed early, you’re going to get out of bed because you’ve got to get yourself running! You’ve got to get your training in because you have this event that’s coming up. Use an event, like a tournament, in the exact same way!

I hope this helps. Keep training and keep pushing working towards your black belt!

I’ll see you in class real soon.

Don Alley
Don Alley is the owner and chief instructor at Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn and Leesburg, and has been training in the martial arts for 28 years. He is currently a 6th degree black belt, and has dedicated the entirety of his adult life to teaching children and families martial arts. He is also the owner of Center Stage Preschool, a Montessori-based, performing arts preschool; and co-founder of Testudo Addiction Recovery, a non-profit organization serving families in the Northern Virginia area.