How to become more productive in our martial arts training is an important question to have. its necessary to accelerated learning. Most martial artist “just show up.” While at the same time most martial artists don’t make it to the top. Today ill be sharing some of the most influencing philosophies/concepts that accelerated my performance.
The 80/20 Law (also known as The Pareto principle) states, that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
- 80% of a martial artist’s actions comes from 20% of their techniques
- 80% of a martial artist’s productivity comes from 20% of the training
- 80% of the fight takes place in 20% of the positions (example: the guard in jiu jitsu).
The 80/20 law helps analyze and narrow down whats important and what you should be prioritizing. It will also help eliminate any excess fat, free up time and attention to whats important.
Focus on your strengths while managing your weaknesses. You will be more productive in doing what you do best rather than making incremental improvements fixing your weaknesses, which at best, becomes decent. This principle is similar to the 80/20 law.
Goals are necessary for optimizing productivity. Most of the productivity comes from the short term goals, and motivation and drive comes from the long term goal.
Types of short-term goals you should consider:
- What techniques to improve (preferably filtered through the 80/20 law)
- Goals in sparring
- Training x amount of times a week
- Who to spar with
- What to drill
Measure all aspects of your training by documenting and reviewing your performance in sparring, your successes and mistakes and what you could of done better. This will help you examine your performance day by day and with greater clarity on the path to improvement. What gets measured gets managed.
Competing in an event is the best thing you can do to get the most out of your training. It helps set-up several mental aspects in place that are necessary to increase the quality of effort and attention for training productivity. It will also bring greater clarity to the 80/20 law, goals, strengths and the use of metrics.
Benefits of Competition
- Competition create deadlines which help produce greater focus and helps you analyze on what to do in order to get shit done.
- Competition creates greater motivation to improve performance,. Overcoming excuses and accelerating productivity.
If you decide to compete don’t pick an event that is a year away. I recommend setting a deadline within 3-4 months. The tighter the deadline the greater the focus, the greater the focus the greater the productivity.