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7 steps to mastery
Steps 3 & 4
At first glance, perseverance might seem the same as patience, but they are different principles. Perseverance means that you practice regularly. You come to class two to three times a week consistently.
A student was coming to class only 2 or 3 times a month. His teacher asked him about his inconsistent attendance, and he responded with a smile, “Sir, I am patient. I plan to practice for the rest of my life, so I am not in a hurry.” His teacher explained that patience is a great quality, but skipping classes slows progress. When practice becomes inconsistent, making excuses for staying away becomes easier. The most successful long-term students are those who stick to a consistent weekly routine from the very beginning-no excuses!
A serious martial artist cultivates
mindfulness in all phases of his life.
4. Practice Hard
Prepare to push yourself-body and mind. During class, you will sweat, and push your body to its limits. Mentally focus on your techniques with such intensity, that you have no room for any of the day-to-day problems and frustrations you might have brought with you.
With effort, you will begin to break through physical limitations. You will begin to feel more confident, and your new assurance will carry over into other areas of your life. When you train your body and mind together, you are preparing to take on life and its challenges. Cultivate an attitude of discipline and concentration in class. Don’t allow yourself to locus on anything else but your practice. Drop the outside world at the door. With a break from your regular life, a clearer, more objective perspective will come into view. You’ll be able to see solutions to your problems with fresh eyes.
Role Model Day
Friday 17th June is the kids’ Role Model Day. The students can bring along anyone from the family that they look up to and we’ll all get on the mat and have some well deserved fun. Come and see what we are teaching our young students. On the following Monday 20 come back and look at things from an adult perspective.
Saturday 18th June is the Juniors’ Outdoor Weapons Day. The class will be between the usual times of 10:30 and 11:30. We’ll take the Juniors up to Woodthorpe Park with a load of wooden weapons and have some fun in the sun. This event is open to guests so bring a buddy.
“Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.”
Sensei Ken Robson Shudokan Black Belt Academy – Aikido Nottingham