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Has anyone's mind gone blank during a belt promotion in martial arts?

Author : martin m

Submitted : 2017-08-13 14:57:06    Popularity:     

Tags: belt  blank  mind  arts  martial  

Today I had my first belt promotion from white belt in karate and my mind went blank while I was doing my kata in front of them. I have done that kata 1,000 times and all of the sudden I just couldn't do it. No matter how much I tried I just couldn

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I froze up at a couple of tournaments, it's just performance anxiety. Don't sweat it. How I dealt with it.... time I guess, I felt very humiliated for a while. Do a few tournies with lots of people and it will feel natural pretty quick

Learning how to test and dealing with that pressure is a whole learning experience in itself for most new students in martial arts. That was something I always addressed with new students along with teaching them those requirements they needed for being promoted. I also never tested a student that was not ready to be promoted. Those two things are often neglected or are not taught and practiced in many schools leaving a student sometimes then floundering like you did during testing.

This being said start using visualization when practicing your kata and requirements. Imagine your instructor sitting before you, testing you when you practice those things. Also play a little with your classmates trying to distract you a little when doing your kata like talking to you, playing music, or doing their kata at the same time but starting after you do. Learn to keep your focus and concentration, ignoring outside factors and any nervousness on your part. Then this won't happen in the future. Lastly is this. Promotion means not only have your physical skills, knowledge, and ability progressed but also your mental ability and mental skills including things like confidence and focus as well. Start addressing those mental aspects and couple that with your physical training now and you will reach your fullest potential more easily while addressing this recent problem you had at your first testing.

not really no. i dont really care about belt promotions. im more of a wins and losses sort of person. whenever i beat someone i couldnt beat before i get excited.

Yes, it happens. Even happened to a teacher of mine and he had been practicing for more than 30 years.

First, you did not do the kata 1,000 times; that would take at least 3 times everyday for more than 47 weeks straight. And even if you did, that was never a guarantee that you would be able to do it right.

It was never about how many times you did it, but how many times you did it right. For example, if you did your kata 10 times, how many of those 10 were done correctly all the way through? Your goal should had been to do it all correctly.

Don't sweat it. Learn from your mistake. In reality, a test is suppose to do exactly what this has done - show you what to work on - what you need to practice or what you have been doing wrong. Go and celebrate, and then get back to training so you can get better.

A mistake or failure is an opportunity for you to get better next time IF you learn from it.

Can't say that I have done this but I have to admit that there was times I didn't feel I deserved the rank I got promoted to. In that case I decided to work harder to get to where I felt that I deserve the rank.
Messing up from white belt to your next rank really isn't that big of a deal. You are still fairly new and still trying to figure out how to train effectively so you do not mess up. Keeping your nerves so you do not draw blanks is also part of training.
You might also want to look at how you are running your Kata when doing it 1000 times. You can do a Kata 1000 times and while you are doing it, your mind is all over the place and not with your Kata. Those are totally unproductive repetitions. Make sure that you give each move a purpose and intend. For example sticking a fist out there is not punching. There is no purpose or intend in that. When you punch make it a real punch like you are actually hitting. Put 2 or three moves together. Like a block, punch sequence would go together or a block, kick, punch. A block opens up targets and a kick and/or punch follows into the opening you just created. Remembering sequences of 2 or 3 moves that go together will not only make your Kata flow better but will also make it easier to remember as your body will much better remember that there is a punch that follows the block than you brain does. Make your body remember, it's faster too.
As you get better you will learn better ways to train so you don't have blanks.



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