- Apr 25, 2023
- Reaction score
Right, I have no problem with instructors eyeballing the frequency at which each student shows up in order to assess their level of engagement. But I've actually taken time off work to attend day classes, and have rescheduled family activities in the evenings (thus, causing problems at home) in order to get the hours in. It's when I realized that I was prioritizing MA training over my family and my job that I realized a change was needed.I’m not a fan of counting hours. However, I believe a willingness to put in training time on one’s own, outside of the time spent in class in the dojo, is essential if one wishes to develop significant skill. As a beginner, a student needs constant guidance for a while. But as one progresses it becomes more important that they take ownership of their training and the time spent training on their own becomes more important than the time in the dojo. Class time is for learning. Training time outside of class is for putting in the reps and the hard work required for progress.
And even a beginner ought to be training at home, from day one.
Becoming skilled in the martial arts requires a commitment including a willingness to shape one’s life around the training. It should not take over your life, but it will be a significant part of how you spend your time and energy, even outside of the school.