How to Track your progress in Martial Arts

How to Track your Progress in Martial Arts

An effective Martial Artist is one that is technical, strong, fit, flexible and possesses the mental fortitude and confidence to overcome difficult situations.  These are a diverse array of attributes that require targeted training approaches to develop them.  How can you make sure that your Martial Arts training covers all these aspects?  How do you know if your technique is effective?  Is your mind tough enough to get you over your next hurdle?  Well, you will never know unless you are incorporating all these components into your training.  Each one needs to be trained deliberately and with specific goals in mind.

Traditional Martial Arts

Understanding Traditional Martial Arts

Martial Arts has steadily increased in popularity from the very first movie starring Bruce Lee to the rise of the UFC and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).  More and more people have witnessed the effectiveness of Martial Arts and the legitimacy of such skills.  However, much of the traditional Martial Arts remain a mystery, even though these have been firmly incorporated and synergised into the curriculum of the modern-day Mixed Martial Artist.

Kazuo “Crando” Saito - 16th Grandmaster of Igaryu Ninjutsu

William “Crando” Saito - 16th Grandmaster of Igaryu Ninjutsu

William “Crando” Saito is the 16th Grandmaster of Igaryu Ninjutsu and founder of the Shinbukan Martial Arts Academy in Australia.  Saito Soke embodies the true Spirit of Martial Arts.  His nature is humble and jovial which is indicative of one who has unburdened himself from ego to embrace true inner strength and peace.  His passion for Martial Arts is easily discernible as he presides over the sparring bouts of his dear students with excitement and enthusiasm. 

How to Connect to your True Nature

I first became aware of the center as a concept through Sensei Rick Horton who is an experienced and articulate Karate practitioner.  He emphasizes the use of the Center as a focal point through which a person executes a specific task.  This can be walking, talking, and even practicing Martial Arts.

Located a few inches below your belly button, the Center has been a fundamental concept in Martial Arts, Spirituality and Yogic practices.  It is an important aspect of a human being that is vital to many of our primordial functions, yet it is often misunderstood or neglected.