- Apr 8, 2018
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Sorry but I have to disagree. I have big aspirations in the world of martial arts, so I am almost constantly training in one form or another. I might be in a boxing class, and run right over to BJJ or the gym after. I might be attempting to increase strength or muscle mass. I might be meditating or reading a book on techniques, diets etcetera. I might do 500 pushups daily, and 500 crunches before going to sleep. I might be following my carnivore diet. I might do 100 kicks on each leg daily.I know some may vehemently disagree with this, but let's have some (respectful) fun.
We've all seen some version of this mantra a thousand times: 'While you sit on the couch, your enemy is training '.
I have to say, this notion is such a pet peeve of mine. It gets used as a marketing tool, or people use it to try and motivate themselves or others... but how many enemies do you actually have? (and as a follow up, WHY?)
Now, I get that there are times that it is quite applicable (active duty military in a war zone for instance). Where I find it somewhat silly is seeing it posted in some gym that costs over $100/month just to get through the door (meaning you're probably living fairly comfortably if you can afford to be there).
If you are routinely rubbing elbows with people who want to hurt you; perhaps larger scale lifestyle and environment changes are in order.
If that isn't the case for you... who do you really think it is that's out to get you?
While I could wax on at length about prevention tactics (best way to not get hit by the bad guy, is to not be anywhere around when the punch gets thrown); reality tells me that you're not likely to be attacked by an elite mma fighter (who are generally really great, peaceful people).
That leaves your most likely assailant to be someone drunk or high on the street or some neanderthal with no temper control (rarely do you see that paired with high level training... it obviously exists, but I believe they are in the minority as most reputable schools weed those losers out asap).
All that to say, in most cases I don't believe your enemy is actually training... but YOU ARE. Any training with resistance has some value. Even if you're studying something a little more on the esoteric side; it's still more than this 'enemy' is doing. So I say just keep going.
These are all things that I have done and continue to do. I don't do all of them every day, but if I could I most certainnly would. Every day before I go to sleep I ask myself; is there something today I didn't do that my rival has? Then I make sure to do it the next day, and I make it harder as punishment for skipping it in the first place. Did you forget to do your 200 crunches last night? You're doing 500 today. Why 500? Well, 200 for today, 200 for yesterday, and an extra 100 as punishment for forgetting. You stopped at 23 to catch your breath when you were meant to do 30? Your new goal is 35.
I feel like this has pushed me to train much harder than anyone around me. I'm the one setting the standard, and if I'm not then I am not training hard enough. Who is my rival? I don't know. But I know one day I'll meet him, and if you don't have one, rest assured you'll meet him too. Especially if you have a goal to aspire to. No one becomes number one without butting heads with the people that have the same goal as him. There is only one fastest man, one strongest, one baddest.
If you don't have anything to aspire to, that's fine but then, why train? You might train for yourself, but that doesn't mean there isn't an enemy out there. The enemy isn't always someone else. The enemy is usually yourself. This enemy is the hardest working version of yourself. When I imagine my enemy or rival, it's someone exactly like me who has gone through the same day and hardships but has managed to get more out of it than I have. Aim to be the enemy, not to compare yourself to him.