Whether it be combat in either the cage or the dojo, the underlying principle of martial arts remains the same and it is one that demands your body be in peak physical condition for any punishment that is about to follow.
Because if you fail to prepare for such a physical onslaught, you will ultimately prepare to fail and although the stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) make things look incredibly easy on TV, the pursuit of becoming a warrior is certainly not.
With the UFC being such big business, it garners a whole host of global attraction from fight fans and this big business has also meant that USA betting sites have taken many a sizeable wager over the past few years.
Of course, not everyone is going to reach the famous octagon in their lifetime and for many, the thought of performing for Dana White’s global fight circus is not necessarily something that has even crossed their mind.
However, that does not mean the ability to be a top martial artist will pass them by either and if they adhere to training principles that have been in place for decades, if not centuries, their chances of becoming a fearsome fighter will only increase.
Which means, you are probably now asking yourself “just what are these legendary principles?” and in this article, we are going to uncover the steps required to be the most fearsome of martial artists.
Garbage In, Garbage Out
Something that has arguably stood the test of time, is the principle of “Garbage In, Garbage Out” and if you are unaware of what this means, it suggests that the fuel that you put into your body, will dictate the performance that comes out of it.
If you are someone who maintains a good diet and eats the kinds of foods that are conducive to good athletic performance, then you will find physical exertion far easier than someone who maintains a poor diet.
Should you cut corners on your diet and offer yourself too many cheat days, then you will only make things much harder for your body and without the correct fuel in your body, you will be unable to fire on all cylinders.
For example, if you owned a sportscar and you wanted to maintain the engine over a lengthy period of ownership, you would seek to fill the tank with the highest quality fuel, to maximise its revving power.
While if you put low grade fuel in the car, it would drive sluggish and fail to reach the top speed it is usually capable of. Therefore, if you apply this same principle to your own body, you should only look to run on the energy supply that brings the best out of you.
Hydration Is The Key
Sparring an impressive amount of rounds is all very well, but ultimately it is going to come at a cost and that cost is to your muscles. Because for all that expenditure to your body, fatigue is surely going to follow.
Of course, this is just a by-product of everyone who expends the energy stored within and the key difference is those who look after themselves and those who fail to do, while the latter end up paying a hefty price.
A price that usually comes in the form of delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS as it sometimes better known. A feeling that kicks in hours after the burn and it is usually a feeling that results in a burn itself.
Agonising muscle cramps are certainly not your friend at this stage. However, water certainly is and if you drink a substantial amount after your most recent training session, you should be able to ward off such soreness.
Rest Is The Reward
In the quest for peak physical condition, the temptation is to push your body as hard as you can on every day that passes. While although that may seem a great idea in theory, if only because you will reach your goals quicker, in practice that simply is not feasible.
Because no matter the walk of life, your body needs rest and especially if the levels of exertion are much higher than normal. Therefore, rest days as part of your fitness schedule, are just as important as the days that you do train.
Quite simply, the body does not have enough fuel in the tank to be pushed everyday and if this is a strategy that you are opting for, it is one that will only lead in burnout for both your body and your mind.
Make sure, rest days are factored in and treat these with the upmost importance, because these are the periods in which your body replenishes and gets ready to go to war once again. Without these, you will rather quickly crash and burn.