Master the Simple Stuff First

I’ve been doing martial arts for over 20 years. One of the things we practice in martial arts is our basics. This includes punches, blocks, and kicks. It requires us to repeat the same repetitive and basic movement, which I learned when I was 5, over and over. We do this to refine our movement, bake it into muscle memory. If we don’t repeat these movements, we get rusty.

Often, I get antsy and want to practice cool moves like spinning roundhouse kicks or fancy forms. Ultimately though, to get really good at the art, mastering and perfecting the basics is mandatory.