Jul 20 2014

Learning through hardship

Published by at 9:21 am under Training at Home

Teaching has always been a challenge for me.  I want to help students avoid the pitfalls in which I have fallen.  There are certain mistakes that I have made and discovered either through being directly corrected or finding out through training.  As a result I have always tried to warn students of mistakes that I have made in the past so that they do not such a painful time getting past these road blocks.

I am sorry for doing that.  There are times to help through explanation I know, but getting through these hard times will make you a better martial artist I am convinced.  If I provide the answers in words and the reasons in words instead of letting students move through the process of fighting to find their own mistakes then how can they in turn help me see what is going on?

There is a level of basics that I need to demonstrate and teach, but there is a part of the process where you must discover why things are done so that you can train your eyes to see what is actually happening and your body to self correct.  There will not always be someone there to hold your hand when you are learning.  Your Budo is something that you must take responsibility for.  You decide how far you want your Budo to go.

Your life is on the line, practise well.

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