Never Sacrifice Foundation for Flash
Training the basic techniques of a martial arts style is essential for any martial artist, regardless of the practitioner’s level of experience or skill. While it may be tempting to focus on more advanced techniques and skills as you progress in your training, it is important to continue training and refining your basic techniques, as they form the foundation upon which all other skills are built.
This article will explore the importance of training basic techniques and why some people mistakenly neglect this aspect of their training.
First, let’s define what we mean by “basic techniques.” In martial arts, basic techniques refer to the fundamental movements, strikes, kicks, throws, and holds that form the basis of a style. In some styles, this may also include the courtesies and etiquette of the training environment. These are the techniques that you learn when you first start training, and they are often the techniques that you will use most frequently in sparring or self-defense situations.
There are several reasons why training basic techniques is so important. First and foremost, basic techniques form the foundation of your martial arts training. They are the building blocks upon which all other skills are built, and it is essential to have a solid foundation in order to progress to more advanced techniques.
For example, if you are learning a new style of martial arts, you will likely start by learning basic techniques such as punches, kicks, and blocks. These techniques will serve as the foundation for more advanced techniques, such as combinations, throws, and take-downs.
In addition to serving as the foundation for more advanced techniques, basic techniques are also the techniques that you are most likely to use in real-world self-defense situations.
While it is certainly important to be able to execute more advanced techniques in a controlled training environment, in a real-world self-defense situation, you are more likely to rely on your basic techniques. Therefore, it is essential to have a solid foundation in these techniques so that you can use them effectively in high-stress situations.
Another reason why training basic techniques is so important is that it helps to build muscle memory. When you repeat a movement over and over again, your muscles become accustomed to performing that movement, and it becomes second nature to you. This is especially important in martial arts, where precise technique is crucial for both effectiveness and safety. By training your basic techniques repeatedly, you are building muscle memory that will allow you to execute those techniques instinctively in a real-world situation.
Finally, training basic techniques can help to keep your martial arts training fresh and interesting. While it may be tempting to focus on more advanced techniques, training your basic techniques can be a great way to mix things up and challenge yourself in new ways. For example, you could try practicing your basic techniques at different speeds, or adding variations or modifications to make them feel new and challenging. Additionally, you could try training your basic techniques with different partners, in different environments, or with the use of drills and sparring.
Despite the many benefits of training basic techniques, some people mistakenly neglect this aspect of their training. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as a desire to focus on more advanced techniques, a lack of understanding of the importance of basic techniques, or simply a lack of time or motivation. However, it is important to recognize the value of training the fundamentals and make sure to prioritize them in your training.
In conclusion, training basic techniques is essential for any martial artist, regardless of their level of experience or skill. These techniques form the foundation of your martial arts training, are the techniques that you are most likely to use in real-world self-defense situations, help to build muscle memory, and can keep your training fresh and interesting. To be a well-rounded martial artist, it is important to ensure that you are continuously training and improving from the bottom up.
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Author: Michael A Evans
Michael is a 6th-degree black sash under his teacher, Moises Arocho, and has been training in martial arts since 1985. Michael has a degree in Massage Therapy from NY College of Health Professions. He is the owner of 4GK Martial Arts in Patchogue, NY, and Skillz of Patchogue, a childhood development facility using martial arts and other movement modalities as the vehicle for kids’ growth and success. Michael is also a Science Blogger with Onward Science and a collaborator on the Little Laurie and Ninja Née book series.
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