This is a hobby/pastime for most of you, you are learning to fight and defend yourself become more confident and get fit. But you should also be enjoying it and having fun. Sometimes the classes will be hard and not what you want or expect but you must remember it is doing you good and that you are learning something that will stand by you through life
If you really want to learn anything and become good at it, it takes time and does not happen overnight. Have patience and put the work in and it will come together for you. Drill all your moves again and again.
If you want to make progress, then consistent training is the key. The odd class here and there is no good; make the effort to get down to regular classes.
Pace yourself, don’t go all out at the start and then not be able to continue. Learn that gassing makes you feel bad. Use your energy as efficiently as possible.
Simply turning up to a class is not enough. Pay attention and try to get as much out of each class as possible. If you don’t understand something then ask, don’t forget you are there to learn.
Show respect to the people you train with. Keep your partner’s safety in mind and don’t dominate less experienced students. Remember some slagging and joking is part of being a team but bad blood and idle gossip will only lead to trouble and will not be tolerated in the club.
Set daily, weekly, monthly, yearly goals. Write them down and tell someone about them. Goals give you something to strive for and keep you motivated, but remember to keep them realistic.
Your nutrition is fuel. You must find a good balance in your food, drink and supplements to support your training. Get plenty of sleep as your body needs time for recuperation, repair and grow. Overtraining, tiredness and stress will hamper your performance.
Chief Instructor: Total Kickboxing Sensei Liam Whelan