Then fittness is important. It is just built into the MA training. Weather you do it seperate or togeather does not matter. You need fittness. You can have all the techique in the world, but if not fit it won't matter. You will get grabbed, or hit, or both, and you need to be fit to withstand that and to give back. have a non fit person hit a fit person and watch nothing happen. Have the reverse happen and watch the non fit person crumble. Have a non fit person move around for 30 seconds and watch them bend over in agony. A fit person will hardly break a sweat. Heck I have seen non fit people get winded in 10 to 15 seconds. Simply put you need fittness.I think fitness is important to martial arts training, but, honestly, it isn't the most important thing. If you're in a fight that lasts long enough for your stamina to be a deciding factor, for instance, you need to invest in a hand gun.
That being said, stamina should improve over time given normal, regular, class attendance. Strength, too, should develop due to training exercises. Many style of karate focus on hojo undo. Taekwon-Do emphasizes various dallyon exercises, including not just forging of attacking and blocking tools but also general strength building exercises.
Training on a regular basis, coupled with healthy eating should result in a higher level of fitness than what the average person has. I've recently lost 20 pounds simply by improving my diet and drinking more water during the course of the day. Besides the obvious results, I can jump higher, move faster, etc. The relationship between martial arts and fitness, in that sense, seems to be a two way one. Martial arts training can improve your fitness, but an improvement in fitness can also help your martial arts training (whcih is why so many people run, skip rope, etc.).
I would like to make a distinction between those who have learned (and to a greater extent, mastered) their arts prior to losing certain physical abilities, be it endurance, balance, flexibility, speed, or strength and those who do not possess those attributes to a large extend during their training.
In other words, a master can most likely work around their limitations and still be very effective. A student is going to find the road to mastery much harder and considerably more of a hindrance.
Fitness is very important to not only martial arts, but to life, health, and enjoyment of same.
That being said, I am unfit at the moment. I was nearly to the point of fitness last year, but I let it slip away and the pounds as well as the slowness, lack of flexibility, and huffing and puffing came back. Now I am redoubling my efforts to get rid of the weight and get my cardio back where it should be. I won't ever be a lightweight, nor will I run a marathon. But I can do much better than this.
This is me. I was never a small guy, never will be. My current goal is to shed the excess fat before summer to get a nice look
Just thought I'd toss this out for discussion. How important do you feel fitness is in the martial arts? How important is it in your own personal life?
Conditioning is more important to me, in class, than fitness. The ability to stand your ground and absorb a bit of punishment until you can do what you have to do is essential. Nice if you can get out of the way but sometimes that is just not possible. :asian:I am curious how many people have conditioning as part of their normal MA classes?
We always have some, and some days we have a lot, considering conditioning an essential ingredient to our MA and train together with that in mind. But, I know some arts consider class time as reserved for technique and you can sweat on your own time if you want. One thing I notice ( and I try not to be judgmental but it's noticeable ) is that those who are most out of shape usually have an excuse (some "injury") for skipping or modifying part/all of the conditioning parts of our program... I cannot help but think "you're not going to get healthier by skipping the hard stuff".
Fitness is more important for "training" than it is for "fighting."
Peace favor your sword,
In my case, I want to be able to train harder in the dojo, and I want to be able to get my cardio level up to where I can spar for two minutes in tournament without losing my wind. I know I can do better if I can go all out for the whole 2 minutes (have to repeat that if I win, of course). If I lose more weight, I should also be more flexible, which should help with my kicks being higher. If I lose more weight, my speed of my kicks should increase, since I'll be able to move less weight faster. So that's the deal for me. I'm too old to care what I look like; I just want to be able to kick major booty for a longer period of time.