In the Training Frequency section of the dojo guidelines, Calasanz has recommended a specific training schedule for his students. This schedule reflects the many years of experience Calasanz has had in training students and understanding how they can effectively learn the martial arts. Calasanz has encountered many students over the years who sign up for lessons and then want to train every day. Unfortunately, this type of student tends to burn out quickly and starts to complain that he's not learning anything. The problem is that he is trying to absorb too much too soon and the body and the mind start to rebel. The martial arts has so much to offer that it is literally impossible to completely learn even one style of martial arts in one's lifetime. The student must pace himself and follow the guidelines established by his instructor if he is to enjoy martial arts training and reap the benefits. In addition to following the Training Frequency guidelines, Calasanz has these suggestions for combating student burnout.
If you take a break for a week, two weeks or even a month, getting away from training for a while may rejuvenate you. This is one of the best ways to recover from burnout. Students who are committed to the martial arts find that after a break, they really look forward to returning to the School.
This is not only a good way to cure burnout, it is also an effective way to prevent it. If you set goals in your martial arts training, you will have personal challenges to keep you motivated. For example, say you want to improve your side kick. Ask your instructor for some tips on how to accomplish this and write them down. You may need to stretch more, improve your balance and practice throwing a certain number of kicks per day. If you put yourself on a schedule (in addition to your formal classes), you will find that within a short period of time, your side kick will improve dramatically. Now that you have improved one technique, move on to the next. This time you may want to focus on the requirements that will take you to your next rank level. Make a list of all you must master for that to happen and break each task up into smaller tasks. Recording your goals and progress in a training log will motivate you when you look at all you have accomplished.
We all have different body rhythms that dictate our energy levels throughout the day. Sometimes, our energy levels change as our bodies and lifestyles change. Switching from a morning workout to an evening workout or vice versa may bring you in line with your particular energy level so that you can enjoy training once again.
Students tend to appreciate the mental aspects of the martial arts after they have been training for some time. If you are experiencing burnout, you may rejuvenate your interest in training by appreciating the academic side of the martial arts. Reading books on martial arts philosophy such as The Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee or other publications may get you out of a rut. Martial arts movies can also inspire you to go back to the School.
Calasanz recommends that you train no more than three (3) hours per week. This will ensure adequate
recuperation and avoid injury due to overtraining. The Calasanz System includes a variety of muscular isolation and isometric exercises. In order to reap the benefits of these exercises, Calasanz advises that they only be performed twice a week.
Formal instruction is only available during scheduled class times. If you wish to arrive before class to warm up or stay after class to review, you may work out on your own for a period of 15-30 minutes. Instructors are not available for formal instruction either before or after class, so please observe the following guidelines:
If you arrive early: Spend 15 minutes stretching and warming-up. Spend the remaining 15 minutes practicing the techniques you have learned, coaching, performing your katas, or going through your floor combinations.
If you stay late: Spend up to 30 minutes after class reviewing the techniques you learned, coaching, performing your katas, or going through your floor combinations.
- College students enrolled during the summer months.We want these students to experience as much of the system as possible, within a short period of time.
- New students who require a slower paced training schedule.
- Students enrolled in an intensive course.
- Students enrolled in the street survivor course.
- Students going on vacation and wanting to take additional classes before leaving.
- Students who enroll in a membership program that allows for additional classes.
Weekend Only Students: If your schedule allows you to train on weekends only, please limit your workouts to no more than three (3) hours per day, if you train on either Saturday or Sunday. If you plan to train on Saturday and Sunday, please limit your training to no more than two (2) hours per day.
Traveling Students: If you travel a long distance to train with us, you may extend your training sessions to fit your schedule. Traveling students must consult with Calasanz or their head instructor regarding the frequency and content of their training schedule.