Thoughts for a new student: NO BODY EVER TELLS A WHITE BELT THIS
I’m putting something up Kru Ted found on internet. Not sure who wrote it but it’s good. Every white belt or person just looking for a job can apply this to themselves. It’s not just Jiu Jitsu. We all get frustrated with working toward a goal and want to give up. Even if that goal is to raise a happy well adjusted child. It’s easier for a parent to give in to the whining, and constant nagging a child does because it’s easier. It’s work to raise children, find a job, keep up with a house, or deal with the ups and downs of running a business. But martial arts, if you allow it, will keep you getting back up after feeling like you’ve been kicked in the gut. Whether it’s Jiu Jitsu, Thai Boxing, Filipino Kali or taking 100 falls in one night and still feeling like you can’t get it.
Joshua and Bruce from the academy went to Thai Camp in Oregon last week. I’m so proud of them because I know there were times they wanted to quit and go back to the tent, literally. Believe me when I say that it’s one thing to be put through a tough work out but to then sleep in a tent on the ground when you’re over 30 takes it up a notch. I’ve already seen a change in both of them, for the better. They have grown, improved and will help Martin Academy of Martial Arts continue to not only have the most disciplines in one place for students to train in but the most instructors who are certified by reputable organizations as well. Martin Academy is on a mission to continually have our staff take their own training to the next level so that we may help our students take themselves to the next level.
As we age, the arts we train in may change. I remember when I was in my 20’s Guro Inosanto said to me,” LaVonne, You need to change your workouts every 5 years to adapt to your body as it ages.” At the time I wasn’t sure what he meant but now in my 60’s I understand that. I as well , went to camp last week. I look forward to growing the Wing Chun program at the academy, seeing not only the students progress in another area but myself and the instructors as well. So new students here it is, what Kru Ted found and shared with us. They are talking about Jiu Jitsu but it can be applied to other arts and life in general.
Nobody ever tells a white belt this.
MAYBE MORE WOULD STICK AROUND IF THEY KNEW. WHO KNOWS.
Everyone gets into Jiu Jitsu out of genuine interest. Face it, you have to be a certin type of person to let someone who is trying to hurt you get that close to you.
BUT THERE SEEMS TO BE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS THAT THINK THE JOURNEY IS EASY AND EVERY MOMENT WILL BE FILLED WITH JOY.
For the first year or so you will make a lot of mistakes , you won’t be good. You will come to every class, you will have a lot of potential, but nothing will click. Everything you did before , all your accomplishments, forget them. They will not keep you from getting smashed.
A LOT OF PEOPLE NEVER GET PAST THIS STAGE, THEY QUIT.
HELL, MOST PEOPLE I KNOW DIDN’T HAVE A HARD YEAR, THEY HAD A HARD FEW.
WE KNOW WE HAVE SOME MISSING LINKS, BUT WE ARE ONE STEP AWAY FROM A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH……. WE JUST DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START.
_______EVEYONE GOES THROUGH THIS.________
AND IF YOU ARE JUST STARTING OUT OR YOU ARE STILL IN THIS STAGE, YOU HAVE TO REALIZE IT’S NORMAL AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS:
PUT MORE TIME IN ON THE MATS.
FIRST ONE TO SHOW UP, LAST ONE TO LEAVE.
DOESN’T’ MATTER IF YOU HAVE TO TAP A LITTLE MORE, CRY A LITTLE HARDER, DRILL A LITTLE LONGER .
It’s only by putting in more effort that you will begin to reach the next level.
AND YOU TECHNIQUE WILL BE AS GOOD AS THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE YOU.
AND THE MEDALS ON YOUR WALL WILL CLINK EVERY TIME YOU SHUT THE DOOR.
AND YOUR BELT WILL LOOK ODER THAN YOU.
IT’S GONNA TAKE A MINUTE THOUGH. THAT’S NORMAL.
YOU’VE JUST GOTTA ROLL THROUGH THE HARDSHIPS, AND PUSH THROUGH THE PAIN.
ROLL. ADAPT. WIN
That’s a lot of kicking, punching and knees.
Pictures from 2013 Camp, Video is Thai Camp 2012