Consistency is easily the most challenging aspect of martial arts training. It is also the most important one if you want to see improvement in your Krav Maga performance. Human plasticity can be used for better or worse, but it will mean nothing without regular, sustained input. Two classes a week will pay back a hundred times over training twice a month.
While it’s always a fun and exciting challenge to go ‘all in’ for a new skill or new experience, it can be easy to give in to the lack of momentum during ‘lull’ periods, or sometimes when you lose focus along the way. The secret to consistent and incremental martial arts conditioning; it has to be regular and it has to be in small steps.
It’s no different when it comes to Krav Maga. Apart from having fun in the gym, it’s also crucial to be focused and consistent and to stay dedicated – even when things get tough. You can be the strongest, fastest, or most talented fighter in the gym but without regular training and drilling, you’ll lose out to your more consistent counterparts.
The more time you spend in class, the more conditioned your body will become. Persistent, sustained periods of training and drilling will not only build up your stamina but also your flexibility, endurance, and strength over time – enabling you to maximize your performance and avoid burning out in the ring.
“Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.” – Bruce Lee
Krav Maga is a series of skills gained over time with hard work, so to be truly good at something you can’t just do it when you’re in the mood – you have to do it regularly. But therein lies the difficulty. Most of us have busy lives with many responsibilities, and often don’t get the chance to train a few days a week. So what can you do?
Commit to your training, don’t miss it. Pick regular, set times each week and follow through every time. Naturally if you train more you will get better faster, but that is likely to rise and fall with motivation. Don’t make your training dependant on a whim. Martial arts training should be kept separate from your own inspiration – self-discipline is something you always do, but motivation is fleeting.
Consistency is paramount to growth in your training but it’s also a quality that you can take from your Krav Maga training to other aspects of your life; one of the most highly noted attributes of successful people is the steadiness and persistence in what they do on a daily basis. Your emphasis not on the amount of work achieved, nor intensity of that work, but on dedication.