What Martial Arts is NOT
Everyone knows that failure can halt your progress, but if you allow it to, success can keep you just as stagnant.
What does it mean to be a martial artist? Ask five different experts and they will tell you five different things. And every single one of those might be the truth. Being a martial artist means a lot of different things. But as someone who has devoted his life to the pursuit of knowledge of the martial arts, I can tell you what it is not. Martial arts is never about allowing your past achievements stop you from achieving more in the future. Everyone knows that failure can halt your progress, but if you allow it to, success can keep you just as stagnant.
Following a leader who is not constantly in a state of self-improvement will put a cap on your progress.
Leaning on past achievements is not the habit of a true martial artist. If you go to the majority of martial arts schools, you will find an instructor who is not interested in becoming better than he currently is. These instructors are perfectly fine being "good enough" at what they do. If you want to follow someone with that mindset, that's just fine. Just know that they are operating under the illusion of mastery. A true martial artist is never good enough. The drive to become better is a critical part of what they claim to be. Following a leader who is not constantly in a state of self-improvement will put a cap on your progress.
I would urge you to carefully consider who you follow. The coaches and instructors I have chosen have made a commitment to never stop learning and improving. In following these committed men and women, my progress will never be hindered or slowed. As a result, my power will grow constantly. It is also my goal to become like these people. To never use my success as a crutch to lean on. To realize that the past tense does not matter to anyone but me. My followers are looking at what I am doing in the present, and what I am going to do in the future. I will not let them down, and they will respect me for it. If you plan to be a true martial artist, do your current actions reflect that goal?
See you on the mat,
Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015
by Kannon Manis filed under