May 13 2010

Don’t get isolated

Published by at 5:34 pm under Training at Home

As I have progressed in Budo, it has become an increasing concern of mine that I will stop progressing as a martial artist.  What I mean to say is that I will reach a certain level of skill where I feel satisfied and get complacent in my pursuit of knowledge and skill.

It is easy to sit in your dojo and go over the same techniques that you always do again and again without trying anything new.  I can show Ura and Omote gyaku every class and insist that there is no need to work on other techniques until you aster those two.  This is not however how I want to do things.

I want to train with my students and get better.  I need to attend seminars and classes by other instructors with an open mind looking to learn something.  I need to go to Japan and get knowledge from the source.  I need to train with people who go to Japan so that we can try to absorb Hatsumi Sensei’s feeling from them and bring it to our own training.  Most of all I must never become a teacher, always a student looking to learn at every opportunity.

This is a hard thing to do.  Being so far away from Japan, and in most of Canada’s case so far away from other clubs.  The distance, the time, the money they are all worth the sacrifice to me.  My training will make this world a lot smaller because I will travel to train as much as I can.

Isolation is a progress killer, don’t let it happen to you.

Your life is on the line, practise well.

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