Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Training ethics

I hope this post dont come off as selfgrandeur. Its just hard to explain my thoughts on the matter, without refering to myself as a good example. This because my training ethics is the one thing in my karate that i am the proudest of.

Karate in 2006 is different than in the 1980-ies (damn, now i sound old....). People have changed. They are more sensitive, and they are better at giving up than was the norm 20 years ago. I think that to really excel at any endeavour, you need to make a real decision to push through, no matter what. In this, i am actually as confident that i can keep a straight face and say: This part of my karate you can safely copy.

So what if you get a bruise on your arm? So what if you are a little thirsty? So what if your leg is hurting from a hard block? So what? You have two options: You can stop and whine about it (give up) or you can ignore it and keep pushing to improve.

Please note that i am not saying that you should disregard injuries that need to be iced, or stuff that needs to be kept still to not get worse. Listen to your body and also take serious care of your partner. (And dont misunderstand again: I definatly dont say that you should be so careful that your karate turns into the preschool-kind that dont work)

Waht i would like to see, though, is karateka that starts on the command of hajime, trains the whole time between start and finish, shows up for a bit more classes than the minimum to qualify for the next grading, joins in for gashukos (and i mean the whole camp, not just a class or two) and keeps a positive attitude in the process. I also highly recommend reading books or webs on whatever subject that you wanna improve.

If you tell yourself that you will never give up and that you dont allow yourself to be mediocre, then your karate (or any other endeavour you might pursue) will be highly successful.

Train hard, push your partners, take care of yourself and them in the process, and most of all, have lots of fun in the process.


Disasaurous said...

First off.. No one should ever just settle for mediocrity, you should always try you're hardest, keep your spirit up and of course like you said "have lots of fun in the process".

I agree, people give up much easier "these days" then "back then"... or so i've heard from those older than me.

You hardly sound like a "self grandeur" but rather more of a teacher giving advice, or someone who knows what they're actually talking about and wants to really see their pupils excel. (i mean it too)

I'd say that these days the reason people don't push as hard is because everyone is spoiled in they're own way. It's the 21st century, maybe poeple dont feel like they need to work as hard as in the 80's. I do think listening skills have weakend since the 1980's though.. or maybe that's just me. (I dont know, only 15. remember? ;) )

Bruises can hurt, and therefor people don't like them. But a scratch here, a bruise there.. some sweat..won't kill ya. (Otherwise we'd all be dead)
I should know. ;)

I admit that i whine a bit. At least i can admit it though. (i'm to honest sometimes hehe ) and i don't like to.. it just comes out.. next time i'm just gonna shut the fuck up, try a little harder and keep going.

I don't understand why more people don't show up for the extra gashukos.. THEY'RE FUN!! FFS! (or kumite class for that matter, it's super fun too)..

Yeah, now this is a long ass comment.

All in all I just really do hope that some day i can reach (at least) shodan and feel as confident as you say you do. :*

Tommi kak said...

Bruises only make you look cool ;) it is scary to if you are fighting someone, hit him so you now that it hurts and he just keep going like nothink happent.

And it is cool to be scary *hint* ;D

Anonymous said...

I love you Einar! ;);)

And Disa... Man u can write!! holy shjatt!

Ég hef gengið um höfin sjö!!!

Disasaurous said...

haha, um, should i say "thanks" to that? ;)