Mirror, mirror on the wall, how are my techniques compared to all?
Mirrors do not lie and they point out your faults in a non-critical way, so they are a great practice tool. Mirrors can show the areas in which you need more work. Mirrors may help you improve your:
- Forms. Watch yourself as you slowly do your forms. Notice the position of your stances. Are they sharp and correct, or relaxed and sloppy? Is your body erect? Do your kicks look sharp? Learn to watch the technical aspects of your form.
- Kicking Techniques. Accuracy in your kicks can be improved by selecting targets on your mirror image at which to focus your kicks. Accuracy of spinning kicks can also be improved by making sure you acquire the target in the mirror before executing the kick.
Meditation can lead to a more positive mental outlook. For best results, meditated at least 5-10 minutes daily to clear the mind and relax. Find a quiet place where you can comfortably sit cross-legged on the floor. Practice proper posture and focus on clearing your mind. Breathe deeply and try to relax every inch of your body.