I’m always on the lookout for inspiration from in and outside the world of squash. A recent insta post from one of the preeminent martial arts coaches in the world, John Danaher, caught my attention. He wrote:
Whatever skill level you are today will be 70% a reflection of your training behavior over the previous five years and 30% a reflection of the previous three months. Failure to apply yourself well in either category can have serious ramifications for your performance here and now.
The man’s a genius. Expanding his thought just a little, the longer you’ve played and trained hard, the more the 70% might be 80% or even more. The less experienced you are, the more the 30% could be as high as 50%. The take home is to be aware of your preparation, and maybe even take some confidence in the training you have done in previous months and years. No-one who has put in the hard yards over a period of years just becomes lousy at squash, even after a disruption… form is temporary, class is (mostly) permanent.
See you on the courts.