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Look for the Learning Opportunity

Martial arts are great at providing learning opportunities. If someone is looking to become a better version of themselves, the martial arts provides PLENTY of chance. Let me explain.

A friend of mine runs a really great school. There is nothing but positive vibes there. On top of that, she produces really great competitors. One time one of her competitors was facing another person and her competitor said “I don’t know if I can beat this person. I think they’re better than me.” My friend responded with what is now this week’s message of the week…

“When you can’t, you must.”

When you come up against that roadblock in your training, there is a learning opportunity. That guard you can’t pass, that person you can’t score a point on or that kata that just stumps you, that is your time to learn and grow. As frustrating as roadblocks might be, they’re a really great learning opportunity.

When you see roadblocks as an opportunity to grow, all of a sudden those obstacles go from something holding you back, to something that can propel you forward. That is your opportunity to grow and growth is one of the biggest reasons we’re all in the martial arts. Becasue of that, you must figure out a way to overcome it and it may be hard or frustrating, but that’s alright.

This week, as you go through the week, look for the moments where you’re challenged and stop seeing them as an obstacle, but as a learning opportunity.

See you on the mats,

Michael

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