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Jay asked in SportsMartial Arts · 7 years ago

Practice vs Training: What's the difference?

Here lately I've caught myself using these two words interchangeably, but before, I noticed I had came up with my own way of using these two words, with very specific images of what each one conjures up in my mind. I was wondering what everyone else considers the difference.

Oxford describes the word "practice" as meaning:

To perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.

The word training, by official definitions (oxford, merriam webster, etc.), implies focus on the practice of a specific skill or ability.

In the martial arts this can have different interpretations since "skill" and "ability" can range from small to large subjects, categorically. My question is, how do you choose to use these words, and what differences, if any, do you give them?

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  • 7 years ago
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    I believe they can and should be used interchangeably. I haven't done this yet, but I am going to do this very soon and look it up in a thesaurus.

    Without doing an in-depth study on this it appears as there can be a small difference in the two words.

    You practice a kata/forum: using a routine or something over and over in order to improve

    You train in martial arts: developing a skill in order to get better/ Like training how to redirect a strike and place yourself into a position that you can't be harmed and allowing you to choke out the attacker(distance, timing, speed).


    Bunkai - would be training as you are developing a specific skill that is within the kata.

    Source(s): Martial Arts since 1982
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  • 3 years ago

    Practise Versus Practice

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  • 7 years ago

    I know what you mean as I use them sometimes interchangeably also along with school and dojo without thinking but to me they do imply a difference in some ways really.

    To me practice implies the approach you take for tweaking and fine tuning things with the idea of improving their overall quality.

    Training on the other hand implies to me a specific, desired goal and training to reach that goal and that being your main focus rather than trying to improve the overall quality of a specific thing or group of things.

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  • 7 years ago

    I use them interchangeably. When I train I practice a specific skill or ability so I actually do both every time. Sometimes I train more than I practice and other times it is the other way round but inevitably I do both.

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  • Donald
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    7 years ago

    They're pretty much the same.

    I think of practice as being more general. Training can refer to training for a specific fight or competition. For instance, my son goes to practice 5 days a week. When he has a fight coming up (or a competition), he's training for that specific event.

    Hope that helps.

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  • 7 years ago


    Okay now...

    Whoever you are - the people who know me here can tell who is the real from the fake.

    So hang it up.

    To answer the question..

    Training embodies a multitude of things. It involves practicing the skill sets but also applying the many skills developed to bring all different aspects of the art together... complete the circle - so to speak.

    Through training you combine all your skill sets and together they manifest as the art, as it was intended.

    To my imposter - CORRECT imitation is the best form of flattery.

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  • 7 years ago

    Training: learning new skills. (the word is misused in modern language especially by sportsmen)

    Practice: repeating what you already know.

    That is how I take them.

    Source(s): Karate/Krav Maga
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  • possum
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    I see them as different:

    Practice you do on your own time, training (teaching) happens in the dojang (school).

    Learning occurs in both places.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    yeah training ground shot practise wouldnt have counted for 3 points :) Shame we looked so fragile at the back for their goal.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I agree with the Oxford definition.

    My approach has always been; practice is practicing a technique already learnt or to improve it through repetitions and training is learning new techniques or focusing on the mechanics behind a technique.

    Edit: Imposter? Sigh....this is why I had so much time off from here. That is the imposter who keeps getting my account suspended.

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