The following passage is the first installment of our Coach's Corner series, where Kaijin coaches impart their wisdom to help guide your training and development. In this month's corner, lead striking instructor Sam Radetsky discusses the most important quality martial artists should pursue. 


Persistence Pays, 

by Sam Radetsky


I’m often asked, what is the best attribute for a beginner or even an experienced fighter to possess? Is it speed? Power? Flexibility? Along the same lines, people often ask me, what is the best background for a beginner to have? Wrestling, for takedowns and top pressure? Tae kwon do, for great kicks? Powerlifting, for sheer strength?

I always answer the same for both questions. Persistence. Persistence is that attribute. Persistence is that background. Persistence is the to key to continual progress in martial arts. Something like kickboxing or bjj isn’t...(continued)