Speed Kills

Speed kills.
Especially in Martial Arts.

More times than not, the fastest most accurate fighter wins.
So when I train my fighters, I train accuracy and speed.
Which sounds about right…
the problem is
No one else really trains it consistently.


Sure, they may train their strikes on mitts to be accurate
but do they train them to be fast…
or do they train them to be slow?

If you are striking when you are tired,
then your strikes are slower than when you are fresh…
and you are learning to strike slow.

You might be thinking,
how is it that I can get into shape
if I don’t do things that make me tired?

Consider this,
you have been getting in shape
in spite of doing things that get you tired…
not because you are doing things that are getting you tired.

Through the wonder of biological adaptation,
what once was slower is now easier.

You’ve experienced this in other contexts.
I consider Martial Arts to be more of a gross motor practice
and things like playing guitar to be a fine motor practice.

How do you get better at guitar?
Is it by going as long as you can go,
getting out of breath, tired, sore?

Or is it by going as long as you are accurate (including fast)?

Why couldn’t Martial Arts be practiced that way?
It can be.

Simply perform your Martial Arts until your speed goes down.
Start your Martial practice when you can perform fast again.
When you can no longer be accurate at speed,
stop your practice.
(and as long as you’re at it…do it in the gym, too.
Learn how at www.martialartsmasterplan.com)

Winning in Martial Arts isn’t an endurance event.
It is a speed event.
It’s not about how long can you endure punishment
it’s about as fast as you can deliver it.
Train it that way…
and you’ll get better in that way.