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Old 05-09-2006, 07:20 AM   #1
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Consistancy of training

When do you train? On the mat? Off the mat? What sorts of things do you do/think if you train off the mat?
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Old 05-09-2006, 07:46 AM   #2
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Re: Consistancy of training

I train on the mat 3 days a week, for 11.5. years now. MWF 8:00 - 9:30 AM. Seminars as often as possible.

Off the mat, I watch videos/DVDs and read anything I can get my hands on.

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We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:33 AM   #3
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Re: Consistancy of training

Hehe, I looked up "MWF" and got "Multistage Wiener Filter".
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Old 05-09-2006, 09:47 AM   #4
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Re: Consistancy of training

In the dojo: 4-6 days per week.
Out of the dojo: swing bokken and other implements of disaster, try to avoid innocent bystanders.
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Old 05-09-2006, 12:10 PM   #5
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Re: Consistancy of training

I train on the mat 4 times a week (8 - 9 hours) every Monday, Wednesday, Thurday and Friday.
Sometimes I go to the Sunday class (+2 hours).

And I go to every Seminar I can (next month I will attend my first Doshu Seminar, and it will be huge - 1800 people!!!).


Off the mat: lots of videos, books, forums (this is the only one I post)
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Old 05-09-2006, 01:04 PM   #6
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Re: Consistancy of training

I wonder when the idea of "how many times per week" became a popular way of describing martial art practice. It's the biggest of the three time spent training questions...the others being "how long per session" and "how many years".

Being involved in athletics of all sorts, this question doesn't come up as much for athletes until after they retire and start to teach.

I used to have an instructor who would, when asked how long he had been practicing, would make a dramatic face and say "every day for 5,000 years!!!" He thought that this was one of the most useless questions he encountered since he came to the states.
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:03 PM   #7
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Re: Consistancy of training

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I wonder when the idea of "how many times per week" became a popular way of describing martial art practice. It's the biggest of the three time spent training questions...the others being "how long per session" and "how many years".
While that certainly can be included under my questions, none of those three was what I was looking for. I should have only put one of my questions up there. The "how often do you train" is pretty easy to take simply as "how many times". I meant it a bit differently than that.

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I used to have an instructor who would, when asked how long he had been practicing, would make a dramatic face and say "every day for 5,000 years!!!" He thought that this was one of the most useless questions he encountered since he came to the states.
Ouch! Ok, let me rephrase that...I read somewhere that Bruce Lee said you could turn putting your pants on in the morning into a small moment of training. In this same light, how do you train off the mat?
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Old 05-10-2006, 05:30 AM   #8
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Re: Consistancy of training

Focusing on breathing is an excellent way of training off (and on) the mat, if consistent training is what you are thinking of. The way of breathing that I learned and practice is 'focusing on the outbreath,' the exhalation, making it as long and steady without forcing it. A rhythymic type of breathing that I found works very well, is breathing in through the nose to the count of two, holding for another count of two, and breathing out through the mouth to the count of four.
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