TRAINING TIP - More Practice Does NOT Mean Faster Improvement (Law of Diminishing Returns)

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: There have been times in my life where I've told fellow martial arts enthusiasts what I did for solo practice on a daily basis. Usually I would do 30 minutes to an hour per day.

And what happened? They would laugh and say, "Ha! You train only for an hour? You'll be good by the time you're EIGHTY!!!"

Conversely, I showed my Sifu (Larry London) my training schedule recently, and he said, "Why do you practice Sil Lum Tao five times a day?"

So what is the reality? Do I train too little, or too much?

The answer: that is up to my body and my level of fatigue. No one else can know that but me, although there are no shortage of people who THINK they do.

People think you ought to practice even when you get to a point when your form gets sloppy. Their line of thinking is: "What if you weren't feeling well when somebody jumps you? Do you think you will be able to ask them to attack you tomorrow when you feel better?"

While I understand this logic, I also see another side of it: practicing when your energy is zapped does NOT mean you will have awesome reflexes when you get jumped while you are sick. YOU WILL HAVE SLOPPY REFLEXES!

The same holds true for practicing for some unreasonable amount of time each day. Training longer does NOT mean getting better faster. In fact, it could make you get WORSE, while some other person who spends half the time you do on it gets better!

Is it hard to wrap your mind around this by reading this description? If so, then watch the video and get a more in-depth explanation of it.


~~~Steve Grogan

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