This is one of my favourite quotes and it applies to more than combat and weapons. In this case the weapons are movement skills and many of us don’t have them. In modern day life with all its comforts and trappings we are moving less. If you play a sport or lead an active lifestyle you will move more, but not necessarily in a more varied manner. Our body is an adaptation machine. It adapts to the stimuli we give it and also don’t give it. You might not sprint, jump or sit in a full squat on a daily basis but what about that one time that you need to? What if you have to run away from an attacker or jump across a stream or take a poo when you are on a trip in rural Asia? Just because you don’t do these activities on a daily basis does not mean you won’t need to do them on occasion. Unfortunately, as the saying goes “if you don’t use it. You lose it” We become more capable at what we do and less at what we don’t do. If you don’t sprint you won’t not be able to sprint. You just won’t be good at it. You won’t be efficient, your body won’t handle it well and you might not be as fast as you need to be.
As I’ve said before the aim of training is to be more capable and training is the place where we retain the capacity to do those things that we don’t use on a daily basis. Training is there to help us improve. It is there to restore the imbalances that we acquire from our day to day life. It is there to build mental and physical strength and resiliency.
So use it!
Train for speed and power. Challenge your endurance. Build strength in the patterns. Develop a full range of motion. Develop mental strength. Training is there to maintain our bodies for what we do on a daily basis and maintain/ develop our capabilities for what we need to do when the need arises. It is about more than how you look. It’s about what you can do. Start with capability and the rest will follow.