What Is Your Vision Worth?

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What Is Your Vision Worth?


“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
― Bruce Lee

     One of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century, it would be safe to say that Bruce Lee knew a thing or two about how to achieve his goals. Lee believed that in order to truly know something, such as a specific kick or punch, one must practice it 10,000 times. And that is not to mention the fact that if you practice it incorrectly, it doesn’t count!

     This seems extremely frustrating, but if you keep in mind that your Martial Arts training is a journey, not a destination-it makes sense. For instance, ask any one of the coaches here at Pride if they can throw a perfect punch, even one as simple as the basic Jab. Every one of their answers will be exactly the same: there is always room for improvement. A true martial artist recognizes that there is always a way to get better at any one move/punch/kick. Even if this way is simply more and more repetitions!

     As you probably know, our word of the month for January has been VISION. Vision means to imagine my goals as if I have already achieved them. This part is easy enough-anyone can have a clear vision of what they want to accomplish! Now, here comes the harsh truth. If you never put the time and effort in to your training, your vision is worth nothing! I know that might shock you, maybe even offend you the first time you read it, but bear with me. I’m sure you will agree that the last thing anyone wants to be is a “big talker”-someone who is constantly bragging about their goals but never taking the necessary steps to get there!

     Now that I have gotten the hard truth out of the way, I have some words of encouragement for you. Don’t let this fact get you down, but rather, use it to become a better person/martial artist! Remember that the vision you have created for yourself is brimming with potential-but your vision is only worth the time you put in!