Are Basics Boring?

Almost every person goes through a phase where they think the basics are boring.


Or they've moved beyond the basics


Or they're "advanced"


I like to think of this as the "teenager" phase


You could say that the fitness industry as a whole is in its teenage phase, with the amount of nonsense propagated in its name.


But are the basics actually boring?


The question comes up as I'm seeing other trainers posting stuff about doing the "boring basics" or "it might be boring but......"

And I'm thinking that is an irresponsible turn of phrase.


Going back to my start point, I was 11 when I first donned a white belt, I earned my karate black belt 7 years later aged 18.

I clearly remember how the early belts were all driven by the most fundamental movements, the basics.

I remember the highest belts always talking about the importance of those basics, and seeing them work a single technique over and over in their own practice.

And I remember the middle belts, the "teenage belts" where all we wanted to do was learn advanced shit, to do flashy jumping kicks and spinning back fists.


My teenage years coincided with my actual teenage years, I was one of the few to make it through and out the other side. Most quit.


The point of that little anecdote is to show the cycle that everyone goes through.

First, they know nothing, so the basics are fascinating.

Then they learn the basics and become aware of a wider world.

Then they come to realise that is those basics that make the wider world spin.


A right cross / reverse punch maybe learned in your very first class, it may be the basic of basics. But it will beat almost every other technique for return on investment.

And when your instructor drops you repeatedly using that one technique while you try every advanced trick in the book, it's a lesson well learned.


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