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In all my years of involvement in the arts, I've always been told to continuously train and practice. However, there were times I was unable to physically train and practice. I did the best I could to stay physically fit, but did not practice my art. Sometimes this was by choice, and other times it was due to surgery, or injury. When I did make it back on to the training floor I felt a little better at execution of my art, than before. I've often thought it was due to the "vacation" from training and practicing. Also, I think I didn't place any expectations on myself, because I knew I had NOT been training and practicing. hat are your experiences and thoughts? Thank you.

Guro Dave


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Comment by Jon rister on July 2, 2013 at 9:22pm

In some cases if you are still thinking about the art. visualizing the art you may retain more of it than you think. also if you are not rushing thru but procedeing at a slow pace you may also perform or feel like you are at a high level. but it is all relative. In wing chun we offer this as a set of forms to practice. you are not doing application .. however you are stilll maintaing the neuro pathways.


my 2 cents.

Comment by Guro David Battaglia on July 2, 2013 at 9:36pm

Thanks Jon

Comment by terry joven on July 3, 2013 at 4:22pm

I find that if I don't train that when I do come back my mind is saying move but my reflexes are definately slower and my blocks are not as strong and collapse under heavy strikes. It take constant training to remain sharp and when you come back from injury its sometime a long road back to fighting shape. I broke my pinky finger in a tournament a while back and my grip has never been the same!

Comment by MIchael Clark on July 3, 2013 at 7:05pm

I always say that I've been training (whatever that may mean) since 1974, but in recent decades I have been down for considerably long periods of time for hip replacements, hip replacement revisions and even a broken leg. So I must admit that my physical time on the mat has been less than continuous. But I have never stopped being a martial artist. Rarely does a day go by when I don't write down ideas, run through drills as I walk down the hallway of my home or at least "think about" some aspect of training. All those little bits of Arnis add up. An inch of practice is an inch of mastery.

Most of my daily practices don't even involve sticks or knives, but rather mobility drills, strength training and banging away on the keyboard of this computer. All these help me be better when I do actually put a weapon in my hand, or practice using my hand as a weapon.

I won't say that "time off" is the best way, but I do agree that when I get back into training after some time away from the mat I am mentally fresh and usually recharged for some more learning and teaching. (we actuallly train on a bare concrete floor, but "mat" sounds way more cool!)


Comment by Dennis Feller on July 4, 2013 at 5:28pm

Guro Dave,

I understand what you are saying.  I have had injuries that kept me from practicing physically.  When those times come, or when I am trying to master a new form, technique... I will use mental imaging to work through and remember.  Another technique I use is to sit quietly and write out the form or technique step by step in as much detail as I can.  Then I will go over what I have written, and see if i can improve on it in details.  This helps to keep the mind actively engaged in the art even when not physically performing it.  I have found it really helps me. 

Comment by Guro David Battaglia on July 4, 2013 at 9:30pm

Thanks Terry, Michael, and Dennis


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