I get asked most often,
How do I get good at Kali?
How long will it take me to get good at Kali?
The truth is I have no idea. It all comes down to what you as a student and practitioner is willing to give to the training. What I do know is that if you follow the three (3) tips I'm going to give you right now you will make tremendous progress and at a speed above average.
I've observed and learned these three tips over my lifetime of training as a student and teaching hundreds of people from all different backgrounds in person and now tens of thousands of people globally through our revolutionized long distance/online training and support methods. Meaning, I've seen what works, what doesn't and what is currently achieving the best results.
Tip 1: Qualify Your Teacher
The teacher you choose will play a major role in your skill development. This goes far beyond their lineage which does not hold any true value to their actual ability to teach. Lineage may be important to a degree but it should never be your sole factor in choosing your teacher. There's much more to observe.
Pay attention to how the teacher holds a standard of good will and value to his/her students. Is the teacher continuing their own study and skill development? If they're not pushing through their own limits, they won't be able to help you achieve your potential.
Does the teachers philosophies connect with your own beliefs? Observe the teachers curriculum and skill to actually teach. Just because they're a blackbelt or have certifications doesn't mean they understand teaching and curriculum structure. Does the teachers teaching style and personality connect with what you're looking for?
There's a lot to take in here and observe here but, qualifying your teacher will determine the level of success and achievement you will reach in your own study and training.
Tip 2: Consistency over Duration
Focus on the consistency of your physical training and academic study. Most focus on the duration of time per session but the quality of your training and the consistency of that quality time will play much more beneficial in the long term. It is always more beneficial to have a 15-20 minute highly focused, effort driven and persistency practiced training session than a 2 hour session of trying to run through everything.
If you focus on the consistency of your practice and study you will automatically achieve a duration of time anyway. The difference? You'll have far more skill and understanding of the knowledge through consistency. Take your time and enjoy the process of training and skill development.
Tip 3: Kali Center's Training Triangle
Our Training Triangle is guide we follow here at Kali Center which means the rule of three when it comes to training partners. In the middle of the triangle is "you" and you are responsible for the time and energy you put into your training. This means both solo and with partners.
You will always have more time for solo training and this should not be neglected or ignored. Time spent alone with your knowledge and study is time you get to deeply investigate and observe.
Each point of the triangle represents a type of training partner. You have those who are less below your skill level, those who are equal in skill level and those who are above your skill level. It's crucially important to spend time training and alternating through each type of partner.
Those with less skill and experience offer opportunities for you to share your knowledge and experience and teach some. This also allows you more, what we call, "extended time" with in the flow and drills to identify and practice your tactics and techniques in a building blocks fashion.
Those who are roughly equal to you in skill are those you get to brainstorm with, identify common problems and research solutions. With those equal in skill offer more opportunities of exploration and discovery.
Those who are above or greatly above your skill level are the perfect display of foresight to what and where you can achieve. If they've gotten to that level then through focus, effort and persistence with commitment and dedication you will be there too and they will want to help you get there. The advanced know, the higher you go the fewer training partners there are at that level and they want to snatch anyone they can who is willing to reach that level and go beyond. Those more advanced will be willing to share their knowledge and experiences in attempt yo help pull you up. Plus, it's fun training with them. They will challenge you, open new challenges and it's always a feeling of great achievement just to see how long you can hang at that level of performance.
Of course, it all comes down to your own responsibility over your training so nothing is guaranteed 100%, however, if you do want to achieve such skill and are determined to do so, following these 3 tips will help you get there and will minimize training plateaus.