Now that you’ve looked at the question again, where are you in your training?
The changes in the curriculum that I’ve had make it “significantly different” to achieve goals. I used that phrase intentionally. I can’t say that the changes have made it harder or easier to achieve ranks. Those just coming into the system won’t know a difference, but those who have been around for a while don’t like to see it that way.
When you looked at the question, did you include examining your motives behind training? it seems to be human nature to compare ourselves to others…especially when doing the same activity. That’s not a bad thing when used to help you develop more skill or understand more deeply learn strategy/tactics. Its useless though if you are only comparing capabilities.
When thoughts about what I know compared to what someone else know arise, then I’ve stopped learning. A recent example comes from a Taekwondo class. Several students were given adjustments to make in their form. While they performed the form on commands, they were able to nicely make the adjustments. The problem came when they practiced on their own. The effort wasn’t put into truly making the adjustments part of their form and all the old…easy…movements came back.
In the end, I’m seeing that if you don’t make the adjustments…and changes…for your own development, you are missing the point of training. In today’s world, many of us look to become warriors. If that’s the case, then the concept of “Samurai” should apply to you. Training “to serve” is what we should be working toward without regard to rank, award or title.
I think I may need to go back to wearing a white belt…
Author: Master Robert Frankovich
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