Thread: Dealing with Downtime
10/02/2009 5:09pm, #11
All these guys have the correct. For me, and I expect a lot of y'all, martial arts takes up a ton of time that I would otherwise spend becoming awesome in other ways. I have a lot of books to catch up on (martial arts and otherwise). Same with movies (martial arts and otherwise). I want to get better at chess and Go. I want to learn to play guitar, draw and paint.
I don't do these things because A) I have a 40-50 hrs/wk job and B) I do martial arts 4 to 5 nights a week. If martial arts disappears, you better believe I'll change gears quick.What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Xenophon's Socrates
10/02/2009 5:19pm, #12
Learn to play guitar. I balance my MA with my !!!!ROCKIN OUT!!!! to about 50/50.
The trick is to learn easy songs that chicks dig at first.
Foo fighters come to mind, same with Sublime and some Pearl Jam or Bowie. That acoustic **** is the best way to start.
Highly recommended as a hobby, can become quite detrimental to your training though.
10/02/2009 5:53pm, #13
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10/02/2009 8:05pm, #15
watch fights on youtube.. try to learn the cool moves
.. come to think of it if you're actually doing that you're wasting the internet
10/03/2009 4:42am, #16
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10/03/2009 9:45am, #17
My shoulder injury prevented ma for several months, but I did get better on the guitar...
Downtime just sucks. And getting back into the habit of regularly working out is difficult because it's rehab both physically and mentally. Getting lazy resulted from both the injury and the discouragement that followed. So it's an uphill climb."Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez
10/03/2009 12:26pm, #18
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- Dec 2007
- South Africa
Downtime is awful. So you might as well get on with the other cool stuff in your life as people have already said.
If you can still go and watch class that will definitely help, just don't get caught up in the moment and go out there and injure yourself worse. My instructor said it does help to just watch if you can't play for a bit. At least your mind is still absorbing information and watching situations playing out.
I hurt my knee a few weeks ago and had to take some time to recover, then just as I wanted to go watch some classes, I got a bad cold so I stayed away, not wanting to infect the herd.
I watched lots of fight videos and training clips and it just drove me crazy. It isn't the same as being there.
If your doctor gives the OK, you could check out Pilates to help the healing process. I've heard it can do wonders for injury rehabilitation. I went through the small amount of pilates exercises our instructor has taught us today, ( my first day back since injury ) and my knee feels a LOT better already. I also did a tiny bit of yoga ( I only know a couple of positions ) and I had a few good rolls after that without much pain. After training my knee felt better than when I stepped in.
Good luck and have a quick recovery !
10/03/2009 12:32pm, #19
I'm on my 5th or so year of downtime.
My powerlifting numbers are getting great."Emevas,
You're a scrapper, I like that."-Ronin69
10/03/2009 2:24pm, #20