1+1=3

That’s close enough, right?

That was the question I asked a student last night. When I did, I got this really funny look including a wrinkled up nose and a rather emphatic “No!” So, I asked “Why not?” The response to that was “Because it’s not right.”

Where is this going? Well, it started back in the middle of that particular class, when I asked the same student if they had done their form with their best techniques. Did you do your best stances? Did you do your best kicks? Did you do your best blocks and strikes? The answer to each was “No.” I left the student with one last question – “Why not?”

Today in class I had another student was dragging things a bit. I asked the math question again and received the same type of response. Since it was earlier in the class, I took a few moments to expand on the idea.

If you don’t agree that 1+1=3, then you choose to do that work right. Yet, if you don’t keep your physical techniques correct, you are choosing to do them wrong. Right and wrong shouldn’t be something that is turned on and off. It should be a constant.

This leads to how many choices that you actually make in a day, even younglngs. What clothes are worn…which is very evident that boys may not care…is just an example. Books read, the type of video games, getting homework done [correctly] are just examples of choices made everyday by younglings. The evident actions of this show up in class when the student spends more time talking than working on material, does techniques mostly, or asking irrelevant questions.

It is truly unfortunate that we pass through each day not realizing the many choices and decisions that we make plus how they affect our lives in training, career, school, and relationships of all kinds. Knowing what work and effort that you’re willing to put forth will help you achieve all of you goals plus find the support to achieve more! Just as you should be careful of what you wish for, you should be careful of what you choose.

Author: Master Robert Frankovich

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