This made me begin to wonder if I needed to be able to “defeat any man in 10 seconds” or “destroy any opponent” as part of my self defense training. My next question was “how often will I be in a situation where I will need those skills?” Lastly, I wondered how these schools would be able to would know if I was training for the proper purpose.
I agree that the skills need to be developed and practiced but if that’s the only thing I train for then I think something is wrong…but this is only a surface issue. Many people who start training don’t recognize the reasons behind why they start. That, in itself, is not a bad thing.
The real problem comes from not recognizing what they’re gaining from the training. Learning new curriculum is always fun and challenging but it that the goal? How about perfecting the curriculum that you know? Can you perform all of the parts of colored belt curriculum yet? How about your First Dan curriculum?
Basically, I’m asking “Do you know what you don’t know?” Have your realized that there is more within your training that you don’t recognize yet? Have you analyzed inside and outside of what you can do to see if there is more? If you train, are you working to make everything better every time that you perform it? Does knowing 32 forms mean that you “know” more than someone who knows 13? or someone who knows 8?
I think I need to go back to wearing a white belt since there is so much more to learn.
Author: Master Robert Frankovich
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