Thoughts on Attendance: 3 reasons to be there.

Attending training is an often discussed topic. The bottom line is that consistent attendance leads to consistent improvement. 

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard a person say that they’ve hit a plateau or they’ve been in a training rut for months and months; irregular attendance is almost always the reason for this narrative.

The baddest men and women I have encountered in the training room are the ones who are consistent. They attend class, and reap the rewards of their hard, consistent, training.

The mats never lie, and it’s always very clear to see how much time anyone in particular is putting in. I’d like to share 3 of my main thoughts on this topic:

One.

You have legitimate reasons for not being at training. If you have a severe injury, non-negotiable work/ family commitments, then sometimes training has to take the hit. That’s okay, but it’s important not to beat yourself up about it.

Life gets busy and sometimes fitting in one precious session is all you can manage, make the most of it.

Two.

Your team mates and training partners rely on you. If number 1 does not apply to you, then essentially you are letting your team mates (and yourself) down. For the hobbyists and competitors alike, they rely on you to get better. Especially as you progress in rank and experience, passing on your knowledge and being a good training partner is invaluable in the gym. Your instructor can only do so much for others. You as a practitioner, and a member of your Jiu-jitsu community, are responsible for contributing to others’ growth as well. The brand new white belt needs you. The competitor preparing for a hard tournament needs you. Your coaches need you.  

Yes, your training is your training. But if you are serious about your martial arts journey, then you will already understand just how important it is to be a positive pillar within your community.

Three.

Be accountable for your attendance. A huge part of any sport or art is discipline, have the discipline to attend class, even when you don’t feel like it. That is what discipline is; it’s you ability to stick at something once that initial boost of motivation fades. Being accountable to yourself means acknowledging that the hard training session that you want to skip will help you improve.

Get to that class, even when you’re not feeling motivated to train, because being on the mats is always going to be better than not. Imagine how many people would kill to be able to train, but are sidelined by injury, illness or other commitments.

If you’re serious about your training, get serious about your attendance. 

Thanks for reading,

Oss.

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