excerpted from Fighter's Fact Book: Over 400 Concepts, Drills and Principles to Make You a Better Fighter by Loren W. Christensen
One mistake far too many martial artist make, especially when starting out, is that they train excessively without getting sufficient rest. In recent years, study after study has shown that more is definitely not better when it comes to training. With weight lifting, for example, studies show that progress can be made with as little as one intense set per exercise (I discussed earlier why
this approach is not a good idea for karate training).
Over the last few years in my weight training, I have gone from working each body part three times a week, to working each one two times a week, and for the last three years, one time a week. And even as a guy in his early 50’s, I’m making progress. Sheesh! I wished I would have made this finding years ago.
Stimulate not Annihilate
Your objective when training, whether with weights or karate, is to stimulate your muscles, not annihilate them. Get out of the mindset that you haven’t had a good workout unless you are crawling on your hands and knees out to the parking lot after class. This is an absolute fallacy that hurts far too many students. Your training should be vigorous, challenging, and brief with ample rest in between sessions.Read More