I have been thinking about how to organise my training schedule and what my training aims should be. It doesn't seem sufficient to just keep working through the syllabus to perfect the various sections that have to be covered - that would be just about training for the test.
I've decided that my aims need to be a bit broader than this and not syllabus based. Overall my aim is to be a better, more skilled martial artist - picking up a black belt along the way is a short term goal but it isn't the be all and end all of my training. So, with that in mind I have set myself some broad aims on which to base my training:
1. To improve general fitness in terms of increased:
- Strength and muscle tone;
- Dynamic flexibility.
- Improved posture and balance
- Better stances and stance transitions
- Improved punches, kicks and blocks
- Better use of hips
- Greater power
- Greater speed
- Increased reaction times
- Angles and evasion techniques;
- Strikes, counter strikes and blocks;
- Takedowns and throws;
- Increase understanding of sen no sen, sen sen no sen and go no sen in a fight situation.
These aims form the 'What' I want to achieve now I'm working on the 'How' I'm going to do it. Much of what I want to achieve will be done through the karate staples of kata, kihon and various types of kumite practice. However, I also plan to develop a program of specific drills and exercises that will help me improve my control over my own body, particularly in relation to my weaknesses which are kicks, balance, speed and reaction times.
What do you think of my aims? If you notice any gaping holes or have any suggestions then please let me know.