How to Learn the Martial Arts at Home – 10 Tips to Get and Stay in Shape With a Ninja Life-Style


I truly believe in self-powered martial arts training and what you do at home can drastically effect your future outcome. I attribute my success in the martial arts to this attitude of eat-drink-sleep the martial arts. Yes, you can still have a life – but if you want to get the most out of any program and are just getting started – I highly suggest a solid at home integration of your passion and goals. Below are a few tips for improving your quest to learn martial arts at home. Please feel free to add more of your own ideas in the comments.

01 Get Started in Martial Arts Training

A course of a thousand martial art moves begins with the first kick. Begin by beginning is the first tip towards achieving success in the realm of martial arts home study. There is a procrastination bug that is easy to catch if you are not careful. If you must procrastinate then have this character trait work for you as opposed to against you by procrastinating procrastination.

A body in motion stays in motion – so the best thing for you to do, is take the first step and begin to create some momentum. Even if that first step is rather small, move forward. It might not seem like much now, but in the long run, it will all add up to the masterpiece that is you.

02 Get a Ninja Memory

It is easy to get caught up in the circle of life and lose sight of our dreams. Whether work, relationships or personal setbacks are the cause – you need constant reminders to keep you on track. I suggest that you find ways to use elements in your environment to remind you of your goals and dreams. I also suggest that you keep these reminders secret and share them only with people that have the same beliefs (usually your instructor, students or peers that share the same course). If you are prone to forgetting to practice, study, test or even think about your training – then consider adding a few memory boosters into your daily life as a way to interrupt your thinking and remind you of your goals.

Be creative! For some, placing a reminder on the refrigerator will work. However, this is not always best, because you might soon learn to ignore it. Consider more unique strategies like placing post-it notes in locations that force you to remove them. For example, if you stick a post-it note on your TV, it will be hard to miss when you sit down to watch your re-runs of Seinfeld. Moreover, when you take it off, be sure to place it on something else that you will use or see later – like your computer.

Obviously, I am only giving you an extreme idea that you can mold into various other ways to remind you to stay in action. I use a less obvious reminder wrist band that has “Life’s a BLAST” Written on it to remind me of my philosophy of Daily Living. BLAST is an acronym that reminds me to: Breathe Laugh, Adventure, Stretch and Think.

Share some of your own tips for reminders in the comments.

03 Get a Martial Arts Training Schedule

In the above photo, I am taking a sleep stretch at a friends apartment in Delft – Holland in between training programs. I was often so busy between seminars that I would take naps or go to sleep stretching. I would then accomplish two tasks at the same time. I allow gravity to pull my legs down into a static stretch. Note, I don’t teach this strategy as much as dynamic stretching – but it worked for me during a period where in Europe where doing the splits began to feel like shaking someone’s hand. At CMS, we call it the wall splits and offer students the opportunity to practice this exercise during Audio Stretch (where you listen to a motivational tape program while doing the wall stretch).

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