Over the years I’ve talked a deal about the importance of introducing randomness into martial arts training. Although some things seem to mesh better with linear progression training, like lifting weights (for me at least), introducing some randomness into training has real benefits.
One of the benefits you get from introducing randomness in your martial arts training is the ability to deal with the unexpected. Chaos is really annoying. But its real and you to learn to handle it.
Here’s an overview of what is and is not random in my training regimen these days.
Solo martial arts practice (four days/week). I select random martial arts focuses by pulling labeled Popsicle sticks out of a pile. Why not roll dice? I want some randomness, but I need to cover all bases. This method insures that, assuming I get through all the sticks in two weeks, I never get rusty at anything.
Running (twice per week). I roll dice using the following program. I have no idea if I’m running 3 miles for pace, half a mile as fast as I can, shuttle runs with a weighted vest, or what-have-you.
Extra calisthenics (whenever I feel like it). I use PTDICE. I have a few sets left. Email me and I’ll sell you a set for $15 postage paid.
Group martial arts training. We stick with one martial concentration and one constitutional (a 7 exercise deep calisthenics routine) for a full month before switching.
Weights (twice per week). Still, I rotate out all exercises every 6 weeks. Here’s some info about LPs.
Grip training (5 days/week). Heath/maintenance 3 days/week, pushing limits 2 days/week. I’ve written a lot about this over the years, but recently I’m getting better results more safely. More to come soon.