Why repetition matters in Martial Arts

''The most advanced thing you can do, are the basics consistently...''

Martial Arts is complex and demanding, combining techniques from several fighting styles. To become good, you need to be skilled in everything from grappling to striking.

What do I need to do, to be good?

The answer is simple. Keep training, practising and most of all turn up to class. Repetition is key!

The Power of Repetition

Repetition builds muscle memory allowing movements to become second nature. When you repeat a technique over and over, your brain creates stronger and more efficient neural pathways.

This makes the movement faster and more precise.

In Martial Arts where split-second decisions can mean the difference between winning and losing, having techniques ingrained to the point of them being second nature is a huge advantage.


Grappling arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), wrestling, Judo and Sambo focus heavily on control and positioning. Here’s why repetition is key:

Technical Accuracy: Moves like armbars, triangles, and takedowns require precise positioning and timing. Repetition ensures you can perform these techniques correctly every time.

Positional Awareness: Grappling is all about transitions—moving smoothly from one position to another. By practicing repeatedly, you develop an instinctive understanding of balance and weight distribution.

Automatic Responses: Grappling involves reacting to your opponent’s movements quickly. Drilling techniques over and over helps you develop automatic responses to various attacks and defenses.

Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do (JKD)

Efficiency of Movement: JKD is all about being efficient. Practicing movements repeatedly helps you eliminate unnecessary actions, making your techniques more direct and efficient.

Quick Reflexes: JKD teaches you to react instinctively. Repetition is crucial for developing quick reflexes needed to intercept and counter your opponent’s moves.

Flow: JKD encourages flowing from one movement to the next seamlessly. Through repetition, you can better transition between strikes and blocked. Counters also become smooth and natural.

Krav Maga: A self-defence system

Muscle Memory: In high-stress situations, you must perform techniques without thinking. As mentioned earlier, repetition ingrains these techniques into your muscle memory, eventually making them automatic.

Handling Stress: Krav Maga training often includes drills to mimic real-life encounters. Repeated practice under these conditions helps you stay calm and effective under pressure.

Instinct / Reactions: Krav Maga techniques target vulnerable areas. To defend yourself against these attacks, repetition ensures these responses become second nature so that you can act quickly and effectively in a given situation.

Repetition turns conscious actions into automatic responses, making you faster and more accurate. Whether you’re working on Grappling, Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga or any other Martial Art consistency is key!

Get in contact if you’re interested in starting your fitness & martial arts journey with us. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Important Information


Sunday Martial Arts Class


Sunday's Martial Arts Class Session (10:00 - 12:00) is taken a temporary detour from Sunday 3rd March 2024 until further notice.

This is due to the gym being used for filming / completing the Instructor's Hatton Boxing Course, as part of developing the instructor's skills further.

Other class sessions during the week (incl. Saturday) remain as normal. Please see class time table below.

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