Last week I was speaking to a student at the school and we started talking about experiences and how they build courage. I was telling him that I was thinking about doing something totally new and that it really scared me. It was something that was really outside of my comfort zone.
When I first started my training, I remember having a few training partners that were really great partners and influenced my development as a martial artist by pushing me to improve.
In BJJ, I’ve been working on a glitch that I have in my game and so this week, two of my friends just helped me drill a specific thing. I don’t think that I have it down 100% but I’m definitely better than I was before and my partners certainly helped.
Years ago I heard a story about two brothers that grew up in an abusive home and over time, their lives went in totally opposite directions.
One brother became, in most measures, successful and the other brother went on to struggle throughout life. When the two brothers were interviewed, they were asked about how their lives turned out and both attributed their current state to how they were raised.
Part of our Black Belt testing is that you have to make a presentation. The presentation is all about your experience going from White to Black Belt. In it, students talk about what they liked and disliked, their favourite memories and more. I find the presentation really helpful because it’s a great source of feedback from people that have been in the program for a long time.
Sometimes the dislikes are totally understandable and well thought out and they make me pause and think about how we do things. Sometimes though, the dislikes are ridiculous because they’re things that are out of everyone’s control.
This upcoming weekend is a big weekend for some of our Red and Black Belts as they test for their next rank.
It’s a three day test that’s incredibly challenging that’s meant to test their physical limits and their martial arts skills, but also to force them beyond what they believe their capable of and to discover new levels of themselves.