Tips for Overcoming Common Challenges of Returning to Karate Training
Returning to karate training after an absence of any length can feel intimidating.
Life can throw a lot of curveballs, and sometimes it’s difficult to find the motivation to get back into training after facing personal challenges, illness, injuries or other setbacks.
Finding the motivation to return to the dojo after a break, especially when you have other commitments and responsibilities competing for your time and energy, is challenging.
Read on for tips to help you get back on the mat and rediscover the benefits of karate.
Getting back into the habit of training can be tough, especially if you haven’t been active for a while. Gradually increase the intensity of your training sessions as you build more strength and stamina.
You may find it helpful to go back to basics and review the fundamental techniques (kihon) to regain muscle memory and refresh your knowledge.
Remember to be patient and give yourself time as you ease back into your karate training routine.
It’s important to listen to your body. Don’t be afraid to take short breaks or scale back your training if you’re injured or unwell.
Seek additional support
Have realistic goals and ask for guidance from your Sensei or Sempai to ensure you are training safely and effectively. They can help you review techniques and concepts you may have forgotten and offer encouragement and support to assist in your return to training.
Our Online Dojo also contains an on-demand library of Kata videos that can complement your in-class training.
Set achievable goals
Setting achievable goals is important when returning to karate training after a break.
Consider your current fitness level and any physical limitations you may have.
Set short-term goals that are attainable within a reasonable amount of time, such as mastering a specific technique or increasing the number of push-ups you can do without a rest.
Starting with small, achievable goals can help you stay motivated and keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Progress may not always be linear – modify your goals to suit your current abilities and needs.
It can also be helpful to set long-term goals, such as earning a particular belt or participating in a tournament.
Celebrate your victories
As you return to training, celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how big or small. Recognising your achievements and reflecting on your progress helps maintain your motivation and a positive outlook towards your karate training.
Acknowledging your growth can give you confidence to continue working towards your goals.
Focus on the present
It’s natural to compare yourself to your previous performance levels, but try to stay focused on your current progress – what you can do today. It’s okay if you’re not at the same level as you were before your break. The most important thing is that you keep moving forward.
If you’ve been away from training for an extended period of time, you might find that you’ve forgotten some techniques and concepts. You may feel frustrated by this, but your instructors are committed to helping you reach your full potential, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them for support.
Train with a friend or family member
Training with others can be a great way to stay motivated and accountable. You’ll have someone to encourage you and push you to keep training, even when you don’t feel like it.
Karate is different from many other sports and activities, because families can train together if they wish to. Karate training as a family is a fun and enjoyable way to share a common interest, learn new skills and build stronger family bonds. Our classes offer a great workout and teach practical self-defence skills to people of all ages and abilities.
Change it up
If you’re feeling burnt out or discouraged, try starting a new training program or switching up your routine. Sometimes a change of scenery or a new challenge can be just what you need to get back into training. Try out a new GKR Karate dojo near you, or train on a different day.
Returning to karate training after an absence can be a challenge. But with the right mindset and approach can also be incredibly rewarding.
If you’re considering getting back into karate, don’t hesitate. Find your nearest dojo, attend your next class, and continue your karate journey today!
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