I was fortunate to attend an excellent training seminar taught by Kyoshi Bill Hayes this past weekend. Major Hayes is the author of “My Journey With The Grandmaster”. I walked into the session with a notebook and pen. I took several pages of notes but it was not enough to capture the amount of information presented. I simply could not write fast enough.
At one point in the seminar, Kyoshi Hayes told us to…
After hearing these words and reflecting on their meaning, I realized I needed to examine my training. In fact, it may be something we all need to do. I asked myself the following. How comfortable are you? Are you satisfied with what you know about your martial art? Have you stopped actively seeking information? Do you make the necessary adjustments due to injury or age? Do you look beyond the surface?
It could be easy to fall into the trap of feeling comfortable. We go to the dojo, run through material, and memorize patterns then move on to the next kata or weapon. I hear students saying "I know X or Y".
If we feel comfortable…Are we still learning? Are we receptive to new ideas? Or are the blinders put on?
If you have the opportunity to attend a seminar by Kyoshi Hayes, I highly recommend attending. Make sure to bring paper and a pen…you will need them. If you have not read the book “My Journey With The Grandmaster”, I highly recommend reading it. It will change the way you think about training.
It is time to “Get Uncomfortable”