Just to clarify, MA is NOT a hobby for me, I do consider it a way of life and not just something I do to kill time. Thats why I consider my training time so important...
I wasn't saying that you thought of it as a hobby and I apologize if I it was taken that way. I was trying to describe a particular point of view on training that many have even though they don't consider it a hobby.
It is difficult to get enough time in. You just have to make it part of your life.
Maybe somebody mentioned it and I missed it in the thread, but at least spend some time training! You're better off training 30-60 minutes/5 days a week than not using it because you don't have the 3-5 hour block that you want at one time! A little each day is better than none, or even better than a lot on one day with nothing on the other days! That's a principle that works for anything that must be practiced, whether it be martial arts, music...you name it!
Most of us have been in your shoes at one time or other (if not now!), and we've made it...so you can too! Keep your chin up, train as hard as you can whenever you get the chance, and you'll make it where you want to be!
If you make it a part of your life you will find that you are always training in one way or another.
IMO you dont find time to train, you make time to train
if your studying you can sit and stretch at the same time
if you need to go to shops you jog or run
you do a pullup on every doorway you pass through at home etc
Education does come first. It's always good to have a degree in your pocket when you hit the "real world," even if you do plan on pursuing the martial arts full time as a career.
Fit in what you can fit in, regarding your training. If you can shave off a bit of time from your sleeping schedules, then do so. You can always catch up on the weekends. Also, it's nice to have that escape from the academic world once in a while.
During my last few months of graduate school, I was trying to frantically finish up everything as soon as I could, and made the mistake of stopping my training entirely. Trying to hammer everything out in a continual motion was beginning to burn out, actually reducing my productivity. Going back to the dojo a couple times a week, even if it meant spending two fewer hours a week typing up a dissertation or scheduling my experiments so that I could go train during a "hurry up and wait" experiment, really helped get my mind back in gear.
I am a college student enrolled in 13 credit hours, with a full time job where I work 38-40 hours a week. I also have a girlfriend and a family to spend time with. I go to my Wing Chun class usually twice a week, which is not as much "hard training" as it is learning, and we are expected to train hard and practice what we have learned outside of class (like homework). For me, a good training session would last at least 2 hours, and a really good one would be 3-5 hours, five days a week. With my current schedule, I am lucky to get 30 minutes of training a day.
How am I supposed to reach my goals at this rate? On one hand, I am faced with attending college and getting a degree (which was mostly imposed by my family), but on the other hand, what I really want to do with my life is to constantly learn and teach Martial Arts. I want to become as high level as my Sifu, and he trained 5 hours a day when he was my age. Why cant I just study martial arts as my 'degree'? Its what I am passionate about, and right now school seems like so much drudgery and useless knowledge to me. So what do you guys think I should do to make time? I need to get college out of the way, but what is the point if all I can think about is training?
get your education
you are young and have a long time to learn the martial arts. You can still teach the arts if that is your wish but I suggest geting a degree and haveing something to fall back on or to do till your calss size reaches the point where it will support you and a family