“How long will it take me to get good?”
That is a question I get quite often. There’s absolutely no way to objectively answer that. There are a myriad of things that go into your development of a skill. Things like:
– First and foremost, how much you show up to practice. Like any skill, the more you do it, the better you get at it. I recommend dojo practice at very least twice a week.
– Natural athleticism. Some people are genetically more inclined to be athletic than others. Either way, work with what you have.
– Deliberate practice. When you’re on the mat, are you lackadaisicaly going through motions, or are you putting your focus into every moment to sharpen your skill?
– How hard are you pushing yourself? Nothing great comes easy, you have to put in the sweat and sometimes blood to make it happen.
– How much thought and practice are you putting in outside of the dojo? Are you watching videos, reading articles, practicing by yourself. The more you put your mind on a thing, the better you get at that thing.
– Are you having fun? You must enjoy what you do to truly benefit from it. If you find yourself overly obsessing to the point of depressive behaviors, it may be time to reevaluate. It’s a journey, enjoy it.
– Teach others. The old saying is true, to teach is to learn twice. You sharpen your skills by sharpening others’ skills.
There are many more we could put in this, but ultimately you have to find what works for you.