Bushin Summer Camp

I’m very pleased to announce that this year we shall be hosting our first ever Bushin summer camp. It is provisionally set as the 3rd/4th August in a fantastic venue not too far from London. This will be a great opportunity to train intensely for 2 days solid to work on some of the finer technical points and pick up lots of new tricks and skills that I’ve learnt over the last 30 odd years. Plus a great time to socialise and have some fun with like minded people.

I shall be sending more details as they are organised but in the meantime please save the date.

It’s going to be a great weekend. I’m excited already…

Perfect Practise

Practise makes perfect…an old adage that rings true. I am often reminded that there is no substitute for practise. You can be as skillfull as the best out there but if you don’t practise then those skills will never be effective.

However, there are a few basic ground rules to practise. First you need to have a specific goal in mind. What are you practising for? Competition, grading, punching power etc. If you don’t have a goal or series of goals then the intensity of your practise will diminish and you will lose motivation. Set a goal and set an achievable timeframe.

Secondly, you need a practise plan. How will you get from A (now) to B (goal). If you don’t have a specific plan then you are likely to be unable to monitor your progress and, again, lose motivation. The plan could be a series of exercises or techniques with a time/repetition limit.

Thirdly, you need to make sure that you are doing the right practise “perfect practise makes perfect”. If you are practising things badly then you are doing more harm than good by programming your body with wrong info. Keep checking you are doing the right thing, your form is correct and intensity at the right level. You can always check with your teacher, video it or even get someone to stand and watch and give feedback.

Lastly, you need to stick with it. With the best will in the world things rarely go to plan, so you need to be flexible and committed enough to see it through to the end. At some point you will no doubt be faced with injury, illness, personal life etc. This is all normal. However, if you give up then you go back to ground zero.

Here is an example:
Plan – to do a good side kick (yoko geri)
Practise plan – reps 20 per day increasing by 10 per week. 50% slow/50% fast. Week 1 – holding a chair. Week 2 – against a wall. Week 3 – no support. Week 4 – hitting pad/wall. Week 5 – free form and spar.

Practise is the life blood of your progress in martial arts or any sports related activities . Those that turn up and hope to wing it never do well. Fighting is relatively easy but practising is far harder. It’s boring, time consuming and hard to stay motivated. But those that practise and practise hard, win. If you turn up now and again and throw a few arms and legs around, your progress will be very slow. When I was competing I ran everywhere, kicked all the time, did press ups in the shower at work and generally gave myself a damn hard time. I won most of my fights, especially on stamina.

When I was competing once I remember someone making a comment after the fight “you were lucky to win that one” …looking back now reminds me of one of my favourite quotes: “the more practise I do, the luckier I get”

Bushin Blog: 14 February 2013

Valentine’s Day massacre. Great to see a full class and that I wasn’t the only sado that was hitting pads instead of smooching with loved ones. Great hard class working long guard and combo 2 into boxing. Well done to our 2 newbies as well who showed great spirit. Kisses and punches to all x