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COVID Challenge – Day 2

Welcome back to day 2 of our COVID Challenge. Let’s kick the heck out of COVID.

I got a bunch of submissions from yesterdays challenge of completing 100 kicks. It was great seeing students AND their family members participating.

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Tomatoes ripen at different rates.

I remember a friend saying something to me once and it was genius. It answered so many questions that I had as an instructor.

When I’m looking at a student that isn’t getting the results they want, I bounce back and forth between the thoughts of “Are they working hard enough” and “Are they just not ready” and that’s what this week’s message of the week is about.

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Stop holding yourself back.

When I was a kid, my parents were CONSTANTLY telling me to live up to my potential. Parents…sound familiar?

As I got older and started doing more things, I experienced some disappointments. I would get a poor mark in school, fail to make a team and a variety of other things.

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There’s nothing wrong with being strong, smart, brave and asking for help. So why don’t we do it?

Last week I went to my karate class and after class, my instructor and I started talking about how our school was going. I told him that over the last few years, I’ve seen a real improvement in the quality of our students. They’re performing better katas, sparring better and I believe that overall, they’re much fitter. In general, I’m really happy with how the school is going. When he asked me what made the improvement, I cited a number of different sources.

That same week, I was talking with my BJJ instructor and mentioned that I was really frustrated with my training. I’ve hit a real roadblock with a partner of mine and I just can’t figure out how to get around it. I’ve trained and drilled but still haven’t made any progress. As a result of all this, I haven’t trained in a couple of weeks.

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You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.

I remember when I was younger, training a specific drill and it just not clicking. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t seem to get it and eventually I lost my temper. When that happened, my teacher at the time said something to me that may have had more influence on me than anything he had ever said.

Looking back, it’s so obvious and since that time, I’ve gone on to apply his advice in many different parts of my life. What he said was…

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Be patient with yourself

I ran into a guy recently and we started talking about training in BJJ about 15 years ago. As we spoke, we talked about how long it can take to see real progress in gaining a skill.

What I realized as we spoke was that everyone improves at different rates but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you enjoy what you’re doing because when you enjoy it, you’ll keep at it.

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Go for it!

I had this student start class last night and they said to me that they’d been thinking of taking karate for quite a while. They had been humming and hawing over it, tiptoeing around the idea, balancing the pros and cons. However you want to say it, they finally started last night, did a fantastic job and I think they really enjoy their time.

Afterwards, I thought about what would have happened in 5 10 15 20 years, had they not tried it? What if in that time frame, they end up with these big regrets?

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Frustration is an essential part of success

This week’s MOTW is born out of me trying to put together the MOTW.

No matter what you are working towards, at some point you are going to hit roadblocks or bumps in the road and so this week, as you go through the week, understand that being frustrated by them is part of the process of achieving what you want.

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