5 tips for returning to TKD after a long break
Top 5 Tips For Returning To Tae Kwon Do Training After A Long Break
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced tae kwon do practitioner, it can be challenging and intimidating to get back into training after a long break.
It is tempting to dive right in for some, but that is often not the best idea. You will want to take some time to get back into fighting shape before starting your new training regime.
“In most cases, you might feel out of shape and slower than usual upon getting back into training after a long absence. But gradually working your way to training will help you rebuild your healthy habits, strengthen your body, and develop your confidence,” says health research and studies expert Layla Colling from Health Hero.
So if you are planning on getting back into training after a long break, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
1. Touch Base With Your Instructor Before Starting Your Training
If you have been away for a while, you should get insights from your instructor before training so they can help you rebuild your training habits.
Your instructor will assess what you are capable of and where you need to focus your training, so they can ensure that you are progressing in the right areas. And if you need some extra help with this process, your instructor can keep an eye on things for you and offer advice for getting back into shape.
2. Train With Patience And Humility
When you return to martial arts after a long absence, you must train with patience and humility. Do not expect to be as good as you were before your break. It may take time for your body and mind to get back into the swing.
There will be new techniques that are hard to learn, seemingly impossible jumps, and frustrating sparring matches. But be patient with yourself and your progress—you will improve over time!
3. Set Goals For Yourself
Setting goals for your martial arts training is essential because it helps you focus on what you want to achieve and gives you a clear path to getting there. It is also a way to measure your progress, so you can see how far along you have come and make any adjustments that might be necessary.
According to Australian Fitness Academy, goals are crucial when learning new techniques or trying hard to master a particular skill to help keep you motivated, focused, and determined.
4. Start With Light Training
As much as you might want to pick right up where you left off, it is essential to remember that your body will be slightly different than it was when you last trained.
The best way to get back into martial arts is by starting with light training and gradually working your way up.
Light training helps you ease back into things without putting too much strain on your body. It also builds up your endurance for more intense workouts later on down the line.
5. Commit And Do Not Give Up
Finally, once you start picking up your training pace, you must commit to regular training to keep up with your goals and develop your skills.
Set regular training days and be consistent with your training so you can slowly regain your confidence and strength to learn new skills. Returning to training comes with frustrating hurdles like feeling sore, losing flexibility, and feeling slower than usual, but remember always to have an indomitable spirit.
Getting Back Into Training Is Not Easy—But It Is Worth It!
It is easy to get frustrated if you are having a hard time relearning old skills and techniques. But remember that it may take some time for your body and mind to adjust back into the routine of class.
Once everything does click into place again, nothing stops you from achieving your goals.
At the Institute of Modern Tae Kwon Do, we can help you regain your passion for martial arts and build confidence in your skills.
Contact us and let us help you get back on track with your martial arts journey!