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Thursday, June 21, 2012


This is part of a much larger project I'm working on. Figured I'd share it out here.

“There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” -- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein

“Being realistic is the greatest path to mediocrity” -- Will Smith

The goals you set for yourself in the martial arts will require sacrifice. This is guaranteed. Unless you’re already practicing an art, taking up the practice will require giving up something. Maybe you’ll no longer watch TV on Tuesday and Thursday night. Maybe you have to give up your weekly poker game, or miss your monthly book group in favor of attending a tournament.

I’m not going to tell you to be realistic, but I will ask you to think very hard about the kind of sacrifices you’re willing to make.

If you decide you want to learn from a teacher who lives an hour away from you, you will sacrifice time driving (and gas money). If you decide you wan to learn from a teacher who lives in another city, or another country, more and greater sacrifice may be required.

Want to be a professional competitor? I’ve had the privilege to train with MMA fighters ranging in experience from first time amateurs to UFC veterans. Not one of them had nothing to do but train all day. Aside from the UFC vets (who run their own schools, which is a full-time job in of itself), all the rest work jobs or go to school along with their training. You will sacrifice social time in abundance. You may even sacrifice friendships or relationships. Are you willing to do that?

Practicing the martial arts is a commitment. You will give things up to do so. Know where your lines are in advance. Will you give up TV? Movies? Friends? Family? How far will your sacrifices go?

1 comment:

Neil Bednar said...

Funny, it has only been relatively recently that I have done things like go have dinner at 6:00pm during the week and walk around town. It felt really weird to do that, when for years I've eaten dinner at 9:00 or 10:00 because I was training at a dojo, teaching, or working out.