Apart from learning self-defense and how to be patient, strong, and focused, one of the reasons why we enrolled at a martial art center is for us to be the best. Being the best does not instantly mean that you should be the next Bruce Lee or you should be the next delegate to the Olympics; what we mean when we say the word best is that you have managed to master all the elements of martial arts and put it in everything that you do.
Now, if you are striving to be the best, here are three tips that you should know:
Learn to Express Martial Arts in Your Way
Remember what Bruce Lee about learning martial arts?
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup…Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”
Although much of martial arts training is about teaching your body how to move, it’s also about how to make the art work for you. Bruce Lee said, “be like water”; which means that like water, you have to be adaptable. The goal isn’t to look like everyone else; it is to express your martial art through your unique movement and indulgent – just like any other artist (it just so happens your medium isn’t painting, but self-defense).
Don't forget this saying - Don’t try to adapt to the art – make the art adapt to you.
Practice Harder, Train Religiously
There may be days when you feel like you want to skip training and rather do something else, but if you are pushing to be the best, then do hard to fight this urge. Practicing and training religiously is always an opportunity to grow and to do better, thinking of skipping class is something that can distract you from your goals. So choose wisely.
Sweat for the Rank
A rank is not just given to anyone; a student must sweat for it and must exert full effort to be able to attain a new rank or belt. But once you have achieved that, do make sure to remind yourself that you have to live up to the status. A lot of people think that a higher rank is a reward, but it isn't. It is an obligation, an expectation for you to strive more in your martial arts training.
This year, make it your goal to train harder and push your limits.