Time Management part 1

What Time do we have?

At the end of the day we all only have a small amount of time in a day to achieve what we want. No matter what we try to achieve, we are limited by 24 hours or 1440 minutes or if you are really into numbers 86400 seconds, seems a lot right?

Let’s break this down, if on average you get up at 7am, get ready for work, breakfast etc and leave the house at 8am, your now down to 23 hours, your commute to work is an hour, 22 hours, now assuming you only work 8 hours you are down to 14 hours left already, don’t forget you have a hour commute home, 13 hours, now you need to prepare your evening meal and more importantly eat it, say in total 1.5 hours, your now down to 11.5 hours left to do what you want, still a lot right. But hold on, you like to get 8 hours sleep a night, so you actually have 3.5 hours left, do you need to prepare for the following day, you can get everything done in 30 mins, so you finally realise you have 3 hours left in the day to do what you want.

Want to go to the gym, 30 minutes there, get changed, spend an hour training, quick shower and drive home, that’s 45 minutes, so we are now left with 45 minutes to relax and enjoy our selves watching a film, it’s only 1hour 45 minutes long, but that’s an hour longer than we have left, out of these 24 hours we started with!!!!!!!!

Something has to give, do you give up the gym? Only have 7 hours sleep, it won’t hurt will it. But I guess the real question is, what has this to do with Martial Arts training?

Managing Time

In a word everything. Everything we do is a matter of managing time. Do I train once per week or twice? Do I take a one hour class or a two hour session? How long do I spend on what I am learning at home? Do I do research on these arts I now study? How do I fit it into my daily schedule, the answer is of course Time Management.

You have to look at your daily schedule and decide what is the most important task you need to achieve with you given time.

How does time affect your Martial Art training?

On average it takes the average person three and a half years training two hours per week to achieve a Black Belt in some styles. That is a total training time of 364 hours or 21840 hours or in simpler 15 days if you could train a full 24 hours in the day.

But then it gets worse, you have to fit in all the gradings, now assuming that your basic gradings are only 1 hour long, and you have 9 gradings up to Black Belt, another 9 hours, plus a final Black Belt grading of 5 hours total grading time 14 hours extra.

So now you are up to 380 hours training for this Black Belt.

But let’s break the actual time of practice to achieve a basic rank, most schools offer grading a for those who are ready every 3 months on average so that equates to just under 9 hours per month, 27 hours for the actual grading period. Now again assuming that each student needs to learn 6 techniques, plus self defence element plus fitness that is 8 components per test. So what you basically have is just over 1 hour per month or 3 hours per grading period to get the technique learnt, internalised and correct, not a lot of time. That is the main reason why when you you attend your session with your instructor you are told you need to be here 100% of the time while training. Again this comes down to that amazing thing called Time Management.

If you haven’t managed your time right, the the worse case scenario you won’t be able to make that class, lost practice time, increased personal stress to get to the missed techniques learnt. Best case scenario is you make the class, but your mind is somewhere else, not focused fully on the lesson. So again you struggle to learn the techniques, or even worse due to not paying attention fully either you or your training partner get a technique wrong and you get hurt, end result time out of training, missed sessions, and ultimately having to miss that grade test. But whose fault is it really, the instructor for not putting you In for the test when you weren’t ready or yours for not having a Time Management plan in place to ensure you are training at your optimal potential and managing your time right. Thoughts to ponder.

In the next blog I will cover some options for managing your time both in and out of the academy.

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Changes at the Academy

Over the next several weeks there will be several changes going on at the Academy, at this moment in time everything is being finalised and once ready will be rolled out in the Academy.

Keep watching the space for further details

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First Kick Boxing Blackbelt and Two New Blackbelts in Taekwondo

The morning of Saturday 20th April in Ilkley,saw the Kokoro Academy have its first student promoted to the rank on 1st Dan Black Belt in Kickboxing. Later in the day two other students from the Academy took and passed their Taekwondo Blackbelt grading, bringing the total to 4 students being promoted to 1st Degree Black Belts in Taekwondo in the last 6 months.

The Kokoro Academy is fast becoming a home to multiple style Black Belt students and instructors. We would like to congratulate the newest members to join the rank of Black Belt in the Academy, now the work starts to increase your knowledge and skill. Earning a Black Belt takes hard work and dedication, living up to being a Black Belt is another level again, we look forward to you training in the years to come.

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Good Luck to Kick Boxing and Taekwondo Students in up coming Black Belt Exam

Next saturday 20th April 2013, see’s two Taekwondo students looking to take their Black Belt exam in Ilkley, with the hope of joining two previous students who gained their 1st Degree Black Belts last October. In addition the Academy in Dewsbury will also have its first student attempting the Black Belt exam in Kickboxing.

The academy want wish the three students all the best in their next step of training.

Enjoy the experience.

Kokoro Academy of Martial Arts

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Closing Times over Easter

Last training before Easter is this evening, 28th March. The academy will reopen on Wednesday 3rd April for regular classes.

Everyone at the Academy would like to wish all students and parents / families a Happy Easter. We look forward to seeing everyone after the holiday period.

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Academy closed due to Snow

The academy is closed today Saturday 23rd March due to snow. We will reschedule the TKD and Kickboxing grading that were scheduled for today And will advised of new dates soon.

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Merry Xmas

Here’s wishing that everyone has a fantastic time at Xmas. Don’t forget to spare a thought to all those who are less fortunate at this time of year.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the academy in 2013

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First Students from Kokoro Academy to earn their Black Belts in Taekwondo

Friday 19th October and Saturday 20th October saw two students from Kokoro Academy attempt to become the academies first students ever to achieve their 1st Degree Black Belts in Taekwondo.

The grading took place in Ilkley, West Yorkshire at the Taerigido Academy under the watchful eyes of senior martial art practitioners. The Friday evening session involved the sparing session of the grading and both students did themselves proud.

On the following day they returned to the testing venue to complete their grading, the day included all Black Belt patterns, Self Defence and a demonstration of breaking techniques.

At the end of the 3 hour session on the Saturday they were rewarded for all their hard work with their 1st degree Black Belts in Taekwondo. This is the first time that any student from the Academy has been eligible to grade for a Black Belt in Taekwondo. All the Instructor team are extremely proud of their achievement and look forward to seeing their progression in the future.

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Kickboxing and Taekwondo grading

This Saturday is the kickboxing and Taekwondo Gradings at the academy in Dewsbury. Kickboxing grading will start at 12:20pm and the taekwondo grading at 3:30pm.

Good luck to everyone who is grading from all the instructors at the academy.

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New Junior Kickboxing Class

The academy is pleased to announce that it has introduced a junior kickboxing class on a monday evening from 8-9pm. This is a controlled class for those who are wanting to have a go at the art of kickboxing in a safe environment.

We have had a number of enquiries for this class both from existing students and potential new students and are happy to implement it. If you are interested in having a go, contact us to schedule your first 2 lessons free. We look forward to seeing you in the class soon

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