Category Archives: Training Partners

Don’t Want to Suck? Pick Your Training Partners Wisely

Coaches and mentors are a great help for improving your skills, but most of us don’t have access to one. And even those who do need someone closer to their skill level with whom they can practice (unless you enjoy getting beat up by your sensei every time you spar).

Your training partner is going to have a very strong influence on your progress. So you have to be sure you’ve paired up with the right person. To butcher a popular saying, “you can’t pick your family, but you can pick your training partners.”
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How to Tell If You're a Bad Training Partner

How to Tell If You’re a Bad Training Partner

In a previous post, I explained the different breeds of bad training partners, and we all had a good laugh. After all, who hasn’t encountered someone like that? But then the question sneaks into the back of your mind, like a cold draft through the door—what if that’s me?

Let’s be realistic. Nobody’s perfect. Everyone has bad training habits or weird personality quirks. But how do we know when those quirks have crossed the line from “harmless” to “obnoxious?” How can you tell when you’ve stopped being a “good guy to train with” and become an “erm, no?”
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