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Practice more than you sleep, is that possible? Yes, if you apply the 4-P's

Karate is more than physical activity, it is a way of life. Karate is not only about the physical aspect of the sport, but also about the physiological, mental, and emotional investment. To be the best at karate, one must invest in all four aspects of the path: physical, practical, physiological, and psycho-logical. This means not only practicing karate techniques, but also having a healthy lifestyle, having a positive mental attitude, and being able to control your emotions.

To be the best at karate, one must not only practice the techniques but also understand the different aspects of the "Way. The four Ps of these areas is important to becoming a successful karateka. It is like a house. If you want a solid house, you must invest in the foundation, the walls, the roof, and the wiring. The same is true for the four Ps of karate.

Investing in the 4 Ps

By investing in the four aspects of the Karate way, you will not only become a better version of yourself, but you will also find success on and off the mat.

The solid physical practice will give you the strength and conditioning necessary to execute the techniques with speed and power. Practical application will help you understand how to use these techniques in self-defense situations.

A thorough understanding of physiology will allow you to optimize your training methods for optimal results. This will help you become a well-rounded individual, capable of succeeding in anything you do.

Train more than you sleep - Mas Oyama

By incorporating these four areas into your daily routine, you are putting into practice what Sosai Mas Oyama and other masters have said about practicing all day. You will find that your karate skills will improve rapidly as your training becomes more complete.

1. The first P: If you want to reach your full potential as an athlete, you must condition your body with a variety of physical exercises. This includes running, jumping rope, strength training, plyometrics, stretching, reflex training, and speed training. By preparing your body for athletic competition, you will be able to give it your all and succeed.

2- The second P = Practice: In order to reach your full potential as a martial artist, you must train regularly with proper technique. This means working on the three Ks: kihon (basics), kata (forms), and Kumite (sparring). You also need to train on different equipment, such as medium and heavy punching bags, mitts and pads, and the speedball. With dedication and hard work, you can achieve anything you want in martial arts. With regular practice and training, you will eventually reach your full potential as a martial artist.

3- The third P = Physiological: In order to reach your full potential as a martial artist, you must take care of your body and mind. This means eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, breathing properly, relaxing and recovering after training, and staying hydrated. Meditation can also help you focus and connect to your inner strength. By taking care of your physiological needs, you will be able to reach your full potential as a martial artist.

4- The Fourth P = Psycho-Logical: To reach your full potential in martial arts, you need psycho-logical and mental training. Mindset, visualization, self-hypnosis, and sports trance (being in the zone or flow state) are all important aspects of psycho-logic. Mental training can help you overcome any challenge you may encounter in martial arts. Having a positive mindset and being able to visualize yourself succeeding is essential to reaching your full potential in martial arts.

Do you use the 4-P's in your training plan?

Gaëtan Sauvé

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