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What are your Martial Arts goals for the 2011?

by Tom Reynolds on December 31, 2010

While goals can be set any time of the year, the New Year is a great time to look back and reflect.  At the same time, it’s an even better time to look at the future and figure out what you want to accomplish over the next year.

If you already know what your goals are, post them here.  If you don’t have any goals, consider figuring out some meaningful goals for yourself.  Without a strong direction of where you want to be, it’s difficult to progress anywhere.

Here are some potential martial arts related goals for 2011:


  • Earn the next belt in Judo or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Compete in a three major grappling competitions.
  • Last five minutes without being taken down or submitted by your instructor.


  • Get rid of bad habits i.e. fight three full rounds with my hands up, elbows in, and on the balls of my feet.
  • Compete in five Muay Thai smokers or Boxing matches.
  • Gain a new glove color in Savate.

Mixed Martial Arts

  • Train for and compete in your first fight.
  • Win enough matches to have a positive record.
  • Gain the local belt for your weight class.

Those are a handful of potential goals.  My personal goals are to compete in two more cage fights, the Pan Ams for BJJ, and compete in two more Judo tournaments.

What are your goals?  Try to make them as specific as possible and make sure to hold yourself accountable.

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  • Steve Tobb

    I’d like to gain my purple belt and win my first fight in the cage.

    It would be great if you created a guide to someone’s first cage match.

  • Eric

    I will in the future. I’ve got a free eBook that I’m in the process of coming out with for you guys too on some of the common mistakes in preparation and for the matches themselves.

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