There are 4 levels of preparation within the Warrior Fitness Training System. However, the levels are not entirely separate and distinct. In a full range training program they flow from one level to the next and back again effectively blurring the lines between them. This allows the trainee a more holistic approach to training and accelerates their progress and skill rather than holding them back to finish one level before moving on to the next.
The key is allowing each level to build on the next while simultaneously back-filling in gaps and increasing the solidity of the foundation. Thus each of these levels is must not be a discrete, separate unit. They blend and flow into one another and back again. They continue to be inter-related and inform each other throughout the duration of each complete Warrior Fitness Training Program.
Level 1 – General Physical Preparation
Level 2 – Specific Physical Preparation
Level 3 – Technical Skill Preparation
Level 4 – Mental/Emotional Toughness
General Physical Preparation (GPP)
The first level in ensuring you are building skill on top of a solid foundation is General Physical Preparation (GPP). The goal of GPP is enhanced work capacity. This is the ability to run faster, jump higher, and hit harder. When work capacity increases, it allows the budding warrior to adapt more easily to increases in both mental and physical demands. In other words, it increases your capacity and level of readiness to absorb higher levels of specificity.
Specific Physical Preparation (SPP)
Specific Physical Preparation (SPP) is the second level. While the goal of GPP is muscular adaptation, the main focus of SPP is neurological adaptation. Specific Physical Preparedness builds on GPP by increasing the development of characteristics necessary for a particular sport or activity – or, in our case, martial arts. Therefore, GPP helps to make you effective while SPP makes you efficient. The end stage goal is of course to be both effective and efficient in each and every movement.
Technical Skills (TS)
The Technical Skills (TS) level is where the specific techniques of the martial art, sport, or activity are trained. This allows the trainee to work at perfecting the technical aspect of each individual discipline. All skills must be built on a solid foundation of strength and health in order to meet the demands of the art at the highest levels.
Mental Toughness (MT)
Mental Toughness (MT) is final level where mental and emotional toughness are built. Toughness is defined as “resistance to failure”. This level is ultimately blended throughout the entire process gradually increasing the trainee’s level of challenge, difficulty, and resistance to failure.