Should Wushu training be done on your own? While most people think of it as an ineffective training method with no one to point out your mistakes for you, solo Wushu training does has its importance in improving one’s Wushu technique.
Group training, on the other hand, allows fellow practitioners to give each other feedbacks on mistakes or ways of improvement that one may not be able to discover on his own. Here, we shall explore the merits of both kinds of trainings and how you can better make use of your Wushu training sessions.
Solo Wushu Training promotes Self Discovery
Have you ever wondered why your coach always has to adjust your movement that was mentioned over many times during Wushu trainings and you just couldn’t get it right? Try doing the same movement in front of the mirror and you may suddenly gain enlightenment on what your coach has always been trying telling you! By practicing in front of the mirror, you can self-correct your postures while avoiding the scolding of your coach. Training a particular jump such as Spinning kick (Xuan Feng Tui)? You can always use a video camera and record down.
Solo Wushu Training promotes Muscle Memory
Yes, it means letting your muscle memorizes the movements such that you can easily change from one to another [e.g. Spinning kick (Xuan Feng Tui) to a Split (Pi Cha)] without thinking. So how do you achive Muscle Memory through solo Wushu Training? You just have to simply practice repetitively! , I usually practice my kicks by kicking round the outer circumference of a basketball court. Since there are at least 6 types of basic kicks, I kick around the court a minimum of 6 rounds each time during Wushu training. Doing this sort of repetitive kickings has greatly improved the strength of my kicks while building my muscle memory such that every time I execute the next kick, it is easier and my body is more used to it.
Group Wushu Training allows you to observe and learn from others
Group Wushu training allows interaction among your fellow teammates and shortens the route of attaining improvement. Whenever it is another person’s turn to perform the routine, observe and learn. Even from a new practitioner, we will be able to learn from their mistakes and good points.
Group Wushu Training build healthy friendly competition
When people come together and compete, they improve and push themselves to a new limit. That is how people set new record and improves themselves in Olympic Games. During group Wushu training, we seek to be the best practitioner in our routine. If you are already the better one in your group, you should help them improve their Wushu techniques. In turn, this will benefit you by understanding the breakdown of each and every technique during each Wushu training session.
Personally, I engage in group Wushu training more often than solo Wushu training. The friends that I have made and the enjoyment of training together with healthy compeition during trainings keep my passion in Wushu burning. Solo training, although allows you to concentrate better and train at your own pace, can sometimes be tiring and unmotivating. What is your take in Solo and Group Wushu training?