5 Tips for Training Success!

We like to drop some hints on this page from time to time to help you with your training. If you have any recommendations for what we should post here, or if you have a tip or suggestion that you would like to share email us at info@kyuzogym.com

In this article, we’re looking less at what to do on the mat, and more at what to do to help you to improve off the mat. Joining Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Kickboxing, or any sport is not just about learning new skills, but also about developing changes to your lifestyle that are healthy and sustainable. These changes have an effect on your training but can also help your everyday life. Maybe some of these apply to you. Maybe they apply to a friend. Share!

1. Make Training a Habit

This is a helpful hint to those of you who may struggle to make classes on a regular basis. All of us lead busy lives, and quite often, training can seem like the easiest thing to let go. However setting aside 2 or 3 evenings a week that you absolutely must make can be helpful. If training means something to you, then make it something you do as a matter of course, not just when you feel like it. Being consistent is the number one thing!

1. Turn off Your Television
“Apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive
the methadone metronome pumping out
a 150 channels 24 hours a day
you can flip through all of them
and still there’s nothing worth watching”- The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy; Television, The Drug of the Nation

What’s really on anyway? What have you learned or achieved from another night on the couch? Football has highlights, and those big shows can be recorded. The couch is like fertile soil for body fat, and the TV is like the greenhouse roof.


1. Take Your Time
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”– Ernest Hemingway

Training in the martial arts is a marathon, not a sprint. The average time to achieve a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is around 10 years! Whether or not you believe you can achieve that goal now is irrelevant*. The simple fact remains that even the most dedicated to this art will still take a decade to get to that point. This means lots and lots of slow progress, sometimes with some stalling, sometimes with some backwards steps, but always with progress of sorts. Enjoy the training, the learning, and the friendships you make through training right now, even when it sometimes feels like this.

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*If you’re not convinced that you’ll get there, give me 10 years or so to persuade you.

1. In General, Eat Food, Not Industrial Produce
“Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It’s made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!”- Roald Dahl

I’m not talking about the Gluten Free, Paleo, Atkins, Caveman, or Aquaman diets. I’m just referring to food that comes from nature. For the most part, your meals should be made up of a lump of unprocessed animal or fish, a handful of carbohydrate, and a heap of green plants. That doesn’t mean you have to stress about meals, buy the “I’m Healthy” tee shirt, and bore your friends to tears at parties. You can make a consistent and sustainable change to your nutrition that suits your taste buds and lifestyle. Just don’t go around telling everyone about it.


1. Limit Your Alcohol Intake
“That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.” – Charles Bukowski, Women

Ireland has a pretty poor record when it comes to alcohol. In fact, it’s more than likely to be the cause of your death if you’re a resident of this green isle. If you do enjoy a drink, and many of us do, then Sláinte. But unfortunately, particularly if you’re a young Irish male, there’s a good chance that you do it a little too much. Alcohol has a profound effect on even moderate athletic performance, not to mention it’s social effects. If you find you do a lot of your socialising in the pub, it may be time to break that link.

Thanks for reading. See you on the mat,



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