Daily training is absolutely essential for the warrior. It must be firmly ingrained into your routine until doing your practice becomes as natural as brushing your teeth or taking a shower. No thought or debate is required, you simply just do it every day, sometimes twice a day. It must become habitual.
“Make the difficult habitual – what is habitual will become easy, and what is easy will become agreeable” – Constantin Stanislavski
Training Builds Upon Itself
All types of practice, be they martial arts or chess, are about building skill through training the nervous system. The more you practice something with a fully engaged mind/body/spirit, the stronger (cleaner) the signal becomes from brain to body. The key is mindful practice.
Garbage repetitions, IE doing the movements without intent (will) behind them are a waste of time. And, herein lies the problem. Many people think that just doing the empty movements will inculcate skill. Nothing can be farther from the truth. This is why martial artists can train for 20-30 years and still suck. They practice empty forms with no intent behind them. Better to do the movement one time with full intent and feeling than a hundred times with no engagement of your will.
“In order to understand aiki, unceasing daily training is absolutely essential. By means of this training your body becomes stronger. This is the grinding and polishing that leads to understanding. The key concept of aiki is that there is something sleeping in the human body that modern people have lost all awareness of. In order to call up this hidden power that sleeps in our bodies, a certain kind of conditioning training must be done.” – Sagawa Yukiyoshi
Even When You Don’t Feel Like It
You must practice even when you don’t feel like it, especially when you don’t feel like it. Some of the best training sessions I have ever had began with me kicking myself in the ass to do it when I didn’t feel like it. Some of the most profound insights and breakthroughs come when you least expect it, and usually at the times when you push yourself to do what you don’t feel like doing at the time.
If you don’t care about getting any better and are content to be mediocre at your craft for the rest of your life, than by all means train sporadically only when you feel like it.
Train Every Day
However, if you want to be great, you must train every day. There is no other way. Get it done!
As a reminder, I am available for Online Coaching for those ready to put in the work to reveal their own innate greatness. All you have to do is ask!