news update 12 May 2011

Always take private lessons

A student who had not been practicing very long was warming up before class. A high-ranking black belt student approached the beginner and introduced himself, asking how his practice was going. This senior student possessed great skill and was known by all to be one of the best martial artists in the school. The beginner was excited to be speaking with him and took the opportunity to ask for advice. “How did you get so good?” he asked.

The black belt student answered very seriously, “ I’ve practiced a long time, and I only take private classes-never group.” The beginner thought, “Only private classes! That would be very expensive, but the price must be worth it. He is probably the best martial artist in the entire school.” Before the beginner expressed his thought, the advanced student added, “No matter how many people are in the class, pretend that you and the instructor are alone in the room. Everything that he says, ‘Keep your hands up! Curl your toes back! Bend your knees!’ is intended for you. He is talking directly and specifically to you in each and every moment. Check and recheck yourself. From now on, only take private classes.” He bowed and walked away. The best advice to a new beginner, “Cultivate and develop a great relationship with your instructor, and only take private classes.”


“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world, as in being able to remake ourselves.”

Mahatma Gandhi


Publised on my Iphone from Snowdonia –  Have a great week-end, see you all next week.