For learning any form of martial arts, most people join a class, others look at the literature whereas the majority who don’t want to invest just watch videos and learn the technique. However, when you are getting into solo training where there is no one else involved, you become your own teacher, your own critique and you evaluate yourself not based on your progress but based on your confidence. However, unless you don’t get into a fight you can never tell if you have actually learned something or if you are still at the very initial stage.
With literature and video you might end up learning a few things but there is no evaluation method that can help you see where you stand. Also, most of the techniques only revolve around the angle and using your muscle properly but without learning precision and timing you will never be able to defeat your opponent. To make sure that you know when to start, when to finish and when to make progress you need to divide your solo martial arts training into sections. For each section, you need to set a goal and after setting the goal you need to know how you will be able to achieve it. Once you are done, you need to evaluate and finally move to the next section of the training.
Our article mainly consists of a five-section solo training plan that is ideal for all kinds of martial arts. Our plan has been used and recommended by professionals as well. For each section, we have a goal so you know exactly why you need this section. This is for the beginner so if you are not a beginner you can skip the first section.
This is the first section of the training and it is meant to help you improve the capacity of your body so you don’t end up with any form of injury. The goal of this training is to improve flexibility and build strength and endurance in your body so you can train better. Within the general body training, you will mainly use yoga, cardio, running, swimming, and another warm-up workout. This will take at least 2 weeks before you start your formal training.
For the specific training, your goal is to learn how you will be executing each phase and each step of the martial arts. Within this phase, you will learn how to punch, different variations of punching, the angle of punch, and similarly other moves like kicking, striking, grappling, guarding, etc. since there are different variations and you also need to know when and how to use them, this section will take at least 6 weeks.
Combination training is where you will mix together the first two sections. You will take at least 45 minutes of the practice session to learn different combinations of the same punch you have learned. This will allow you to discover a flow that you can practice. This practice session is especially important to help you build muscle memory with a very small response time. This training session will take at least 2 weeks. For the session, the goal is to help you execute the right punch and right kick at the right time.
Speed training as the name indicates is very important to help you reduce the response time and also to execute the strategy with the best possible precision. Now that you are familiar with techniques and combinations you need to know when to hold your speed, how much time you need, and what will be your ideal process. This training required you to throw 15 punches at the same place within one minute. Eventually, you will be able to reduce the overall time and make progress accordingly. This will take around 2 weeks.
Finally, when you know all the combinations, the right method to execute the strategy and you have worked on the precision and timing as well, then you can practice with an opponent. Before you start with an actual person, you must start by using a dummy. This will help you know when and how you can handle someone so you can work on your grip. Finally, get started with an actual opponent and see how much pressure you need to implement. This will be the final step because you will learn how close you need to stand, how much power you need when to punch your opponent and what grappling technique will work best for you.