“How Long Will It Take Before I’m Good?”
That is a question I get quite often. There’s no way to answer that objectively. There is a myriad of things that go into your development of skill. The questions you must ask yourself:
First and foremost, did you commit to starting?
The old saying is true, “The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single footstep.” We can always come up with excuses why to delay the start of something, but the truth is that excuses will never yield results. Walking into a martial arts school for the first time is the hardest part. Commit to bettering yourself today.
How often do you practice?
Like any skill, the more you do it, the better you get at it. I recommend dojo practice at very least twice a week.
How is your focus during practice?
When you’re on the mat, are you lackadaisically going through motions, or are you putting your focus into every moment to sharpen your skill? Deliberate practice is key to making the most of your practice and seeing results sooner than later.
How hard are you pushing yourself?
Nothing great comes easy; you have to put in the sweat to make it happen.
How much thought and practice are you putting in outside of the dojo?
Are you watching videos, reading articles, practicing by yourself? The more you put your mind on a thing, the better you get at that thing.
Are you having fun?
It would help if you enjoyed what you do to benefit from it truly. If you find yourself overly obsessing to the point of depressive behaviors, it may be time to reevaluate. It will have it’s good days and bad days, but overall, It’s a journey; enjoy it.
Are you teach others?
“To teach is to learn twice.” You sharpen your skills by sharpening others’ skills.
There are many more we could put in this, but ultimately you have to find what works for you.