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I am Tired. Do I Really Have To Go To Class?

Tired sitting on couchIs being tired a good reason to skip class?

We have all been there. We have had a really long week. We are tired. Maybe it is raining or snowing and all we want to do is go home and curl up on the couch under a blanket and take a nap.

But there is class tonight. But you are tired.

We have all felt like this kid in the following video at one point or another.


Should you go to class when you are tired?

The short answer is YES. Yes, you should still go to class when you are tired. Remember there is more to martial arts training than just the physical.  This is an opportunity to overcome mental weakness.  This is your chance to do more than you thought you could. This is your chance to take your martial arts training to a deeper level. As martial artists we are training more than just the physical. We are training to be physically tough, mentally tough, and even spiritually tough.

Remember your last sash test to advance to the next level?  You were physically tired then too. Did you stop and take a nap? NO!  You pushed through and passed that test.  This is another test.  A test of your will, of your desire, of your determination.  And what do we do when the universe gives us a test?  We pass that test.

Whether you are training to participate in tournaments or for self defense or even to get into shape, pulling yourself up and getting your butt to class even when you are tired will do more for you than you could imagine.

What can I expect when I go to class tired?

When you go to class tired you may find yourself a bit cranky or irritable. We have all been there and that is okay, as long as you do not show disrespect to anyone.  Start warming up.  Start before the class begins with some gentle stretching. This will help begin to put you in the mindset that you are going to be active.

There are two ways to get through the warm up.

The first method is to start slowly.  Do the exercises with care and deliberate focus. When you are tired there is a greater chance of being sloppy. Being sloppy and lazy in your workout increases your chances of getting injured. We do not want any injuries, so be mindful of your body.

The second method is more aggressive. It may feel silly at first, but it works. Remember we are also training our mental state. Here’s what you do. First, smile a big ear to ear smile. Then, stand up straight and tall and proud by lifting your head and pulling your shoulders back and squaring your shoulders.  How is this more aggressive?  Because you are mindfully attacking and forcing a change to take place.  When the warm up starts, attack it.

If you do this right and are training your mental state, at some point during the warm up the change will take place. You will no longer feel so tired. You will not be irritable and cranky anymore. You will be smiling naturally.

It may seem difficult at first, but so were push ups or hindu squats or burpees when you first started.  You have been training the physical, now it is time to train your mind.

Tired? Go to class.

So the next time you just feel like skipping class because you are tired, train your brain and get mentally tough. There is more to your martial arts training than just the physical.



Jeanne started her martial arts training later in life and has been training at SMAA for over 10 years. She likes all aspects of the martial arts from the physical challenges to the spiritual pursuits of martial etiquette and virtue. She has a master degree in marketing and is currently working on her MBA.

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