Understanding your personal motivation behind Krav Maga helps you stay committed to your training and achieve your goals. Motivation plays an important role in your success not only in martial arts but also in your career and your life.
Ultimately, it is up to you to stay focused and driven to succeed in your Krav Maga training. Here are a few ways to help you maintain your motivation:
1. Define or Revisit Your Purpose
What made you want to learn Krav Maga? Was it to learn self-defense? Did you want to lose weight and improve your fitness? Were you looking for a community or a place to meet new people? Remind yourself of what got you interested in Krav Maga in the first place. This reason is the purpose of your training. So if you feel like your motivation is dropping, remind yourself of your intention. Then, focus on that each time you show up to train.
2. Focus on the Process
No matter how long you’ve been training Krav Maga, it’s unrealistic to expect to know everything or to perform your best in every class. First, cut yourself some slack. Some days won’t go as well as you had hoped. Remember that learning is a process. By focusing on the small steps that occur with this process, you’re more likely to keep some momentum going and improve.
3. Enjoy Your Training
When you enjoy an activity, you’re more likely to continue participating in it. If you enjoy your Krav Maga training, you’re also more likely to continue making improvements and refining your skills. And while it’s true that not every aspect of Krav Maga feels enjoyable, it should be a fun way to spend an hour of your day. (for the most part) The more fun you have, the more motivated you are to continue.
4. Respond to Feedback
One of the great things about training martial arts with others is that you have access to an experienced and knowledgeable instructor. Martial arts instructors want you to improve and provide feedback to encourage your progress. When you get this feedback, act on it. If you never try to refine your technique or try something different, then your training will probably hit a plateau. Once you stop improving, your motivation will likely drop. If you’re feeling stuck, don’t hesitate to ask your instructor for help and feedback.
Our goal at Performance Krav Maga is to empower people through Krav Maga. To learn more about our programs and how to get started, contact us today.