It sounds boring, but drilling can make all the difference of being someone who does martial arts vs. being a martial artist. Mark Hatmaker explains.
Drilling is repetition, plain and simple. The very word implies performing a task so often it’s "drilled" into your skull. The word “training” carries the same sort of single-focused connotation — a train gets to its destination by staying on the tracks. It makes no unnecessary side trips; there are no detours. To do anything other than what’s absolutely necessary to stay on track is to literally and metaphorically derail. Drilling and training are composed of the actual skill work needed to improve the technical expression of the combat art. We should see drilling as separate from conditioning in that conditioning may contain zero apparent correlation with the sport being conditioned for.
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