“When will my life situation, i.e., schedule, money, living conditions be “perfect” enough to study WingTsun™?” The answer: NEVER. Life is never perfect. And if we wait until things are perfect, we will look back in regret at things never achieved. Procrastination is something we’ve all been guilty of but have you ever regretted pursuing something worthwhile? Of course not.

The above words, “commitment and sacrifice” are spoken in the context of competitive sports a lot in contemporary America.  However, in the greed-driven world of professional sports, the words can sound hollow.  “Sacrifice indeed. That player makes a million or more dollars per year,” you say. True. That player sacrificed but he received a huge monetary reward. What the player received in personal satisfaction, probably only the player knows for sure.

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Through my 40 plus years teaching martial arts, I have seen a sizable number of people decide to start attending martial arts classes but then, do not continue.  These beginning martial arts students might have thought that they had set high standards for themselves. They incorrectly think that these “high standards” that they are setting are good and that one should “aim high.” The student is expecting to be able to master unfamiliar movements with little effort and very quickly, within one or two classes!  This is a set-up for disappointment and failure. 

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When learning something new, a question you might ask yourself is: Who am I? Am I somebody who can adapt? Am I somebody who strictly and narrowly identifies themselves as a football player, badminton player, mathematician, teacher or is your identity subject to some small modification.

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A Martial Arts Test for Your Inner Self

Nearly all martial arts schools test their students for some type of rank but do they have a martial arts test for your inner self? Like any test, students should prepare and even when they do, there is bound to be some nervousness. This kind of test is just one kind. Another kind is the test of your inner self.

It takes fortitude and self-awareness to stick with a program for as long as it takes to bear fruit! It is unfortunate that we see so many beginning students disappear. When they were attending it was painfully obvious that they did not practice at home at all. One month they are attending pretty regularly and then attendance drops off until you do not see them anymore.

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