The right environment ensures that you can train safely as well as in a focused manner. Create a space that signifies to you it is time to train.
The great part about doing your training from home is that you get to create this space yourself! You can arrange the space to your style and convenience in a way that inspires you to train.
Clearing any unnecessary objects
Give yourself as much space as possible
Set up music for the right atmosphere
All this will add to your overall focus and create the right atmosphere for your training.
But not everyone has a dedicated space just for martial arts training, especially if you are training from home where space may be limited. Even if it is a make shift space you use for dual purposes, it is still important to prepare the environment beforehand as that will let your mind know it is now training time! So make sure you do this.
2) What technology are you using?
Now you have your space set up, it’s time to make full use of the technology you have available.
If you will be using any training videos to learn and practice with it is best to have them on the largest screen size possible.
Also it’s great to have motivational videos on in the background while you’re training to keep you inspired and motivated. I normally have videos playing from the YouTube channel Grave Mind while training.
Set your screen up in a position where it is easy for you to see, optimally head height. You do not want to be training and trying to look at a screen from an akward position (sometimes this is inevitable). Another option is to connect your device up to your T.V via AirPlay or a HDMI cable.
3) Which martial art to pick?
I would always advice to research and find the right martial arts style for you. There is plenty of choice with different arts focusing on different aspects.
Don’t just pick what looks cool but instead look deeper and find out what are the core concepts that make up that Martial art. For example Wing Chun teaches economy of motion, not making any unnecessary movements and heading straight to the target. When you train a Martial Art you are also embodying these concepts, mentally and physically. So choose something that appeals to you and you would like to strive towards.
4) Choosing the right teacher/coach for you
An online teacher or coach for your training at home is going to help keep you focused and motivated with your training.
A good teacher will give you the guidance you need to progress with your training and show you where you need to aim towards.
Again there are many teachers out there, I have always been very specific with choosing my teachers in martial arts, dance and any field. A teacher is someone you trust and listen to and will have a massive impact on how you progress and evolve.
When picking the right teacher for you, I would recommending picking not just on their technical ability but also their manner of teaching. Different teacher will suit different people, so again take your time picking one!
5) What training can you do at home?
For most Martial Arts you can train all the basics of the art at home. You obviously can not train any partner work unless you have someone to train with. But most of many Martial Artists training is done by themselves. Most of the time you probably will not have someone to train with. Martial Arts is really about self-discipline and perseverance of yourself by yourself.
One of the key aspects of Martial Arts training is the Form Training. A sequence of movements that express the key concepts and teachings of the art. It’s also designed for training by yourself with the objective of mastering yourself. I highly recommend training Form Training for home training.
How to schedule & plan your training for best results
It is extremely important that you have a training day/time set for yourself weekly. This mentally prepares you and creates discipline in your training.
How often you train and when really depends on your lifestyle and what you can fit in. I would recommend training at least 1 hour a week though. Any less and you would most likely find it hard to progress. I personally also find it best to train early mornings as that is when I have most energy, but again it depends on what works for you.
I hope that has been helpful! Here are some training videos to help you get started…