Anyone that has known me for more than 5 minutes knows that I have spent the majority of my life practicing martial arts. I quickly learned when talking the talk with a lot of people, they don’t walk the walk. There are generally 3 types of guys: The guys that have always wanted to learn martial arts but lacked dedication, the guys that attempted to learn some form of martial arts but lacked dedication, and martial artists.
Dedication in Martial Arts
I love to teach martial arts. More specifically ninjutsu. When people find out you are a “ninja” they freak out. Show me this, teach me that… can you do flips?
I am always more than happy to pass my knowledge down. However, there is one prerequisite to taking my first class… Dedication. After opening my figurative “dojo” to anyone and everyone I learned a quick technique to separate the whiners from the winners.
The first class you ever take from me is at 6 AM. There is a reason that the military does all of their training in the morning. Not only is it healthy for you. It separates the men from the boys.
I really didn’t want to get up and teach at that point in time, but I wanted to be sure that this was going to be a way of life for you, and you wanted to be dedicated. Rather than staying up all night, only to set your alarm to call me and tell me you aren’t coming.
Why be so tough?
In America, martial arts is a for-profit business. That is ok. I see absolutely nothing wrong with taking the money from some kid after he got beat up on the playground, in exchange for a belt and learning a side-kick.
I am just not into that… don’t get me wrong I like making money as much as the next guy, but every patron of your business is a billboard. If I am going to teach someone, I only want to train the best. Because my goal as a teacher should be that my student be better than me.
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