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It's Always The Right Time To Beat On a Dummy

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Do you sometimes struggle to find the time to get your martial arts training in? Perhaps your job, or family responsibilities mount up occasionally, and you find it difficult to set aside a larger chunk of time to dedicate just to martial training. If this is the case, then you will want to devise ways to steal moments for training.


I am fortunate enough to work from home, and when deadlines loom, I almost feel guilty leaving the house for my 1 1/2 hour class. Add in travel time to that 1 1/2 hours, and over two hours are taken by my dedication to training. Does this "guilt" ring familiar to you? Allow me to set the record straight right now. It is precisely this time, when you are feeling so busy, when you are feeling almost overwhelmed that you need to take the time to train.

The time you use for your training serves you with many benefits. You oxygenate your brain for starters. This can refresh your mind, and allow new ideas, and solutions to problems to come flowing to the forefront of your consciousness. How many times have you been working out, or on a run, and the greatest ideas present themselves to you. It is no accident that the most successful people in the world would never sacrifice their training time for more work.

Richard Branson, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time, when asked how a person could become more productive gave the ever so simple two-word answer... "Work out." In fact, he believes that in order to:

• Get more energy
• Get more confidence
• Keep from getting sick
• Find more time
• Stay focused

You simply need to work out. Now Mr. Branson works out with weights, and we work out on a heavy bag, or focus mitts, or Thai pads, or grueling sparring sessions.

So what does all this have to do with the crazy title? Simply this. I work at home, and have a "Bob" striking dummy. Any time I feel that fuzzy-headed feeling of mind-overload, or lack of creativity, I excuse myself for 3 - 5 minutes, put on a pair of bag gloves, and beat up Bob for a round. I start slowly, to briefly warm up, but within moments, I am beating the creativity, and fresh new ideas into my cranium by beating Bob's. No matter what time it is, I will spend a few moments beating Bob.

You may not have this luxury, but can you take a brisk walk? Can you perform some quick stretches? Can you take the time to perform a round of shadow boxing, or even just visualizing an attack coming at you, and you see yourself executing flawless technique? All of this is great to get that little bit of martial arts training in that not only benefits your martial prowess, but the trickle-down effect to so many areas of your life make this so worthwhile. How will you steal-away a moment to train?


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