Living like a warrior means embracing the inevitability of hardship rather than fleeing from it; for the identity of a warrior is not destroyed by adversity…it is strengthened through it. Bill Perkins
As martial artists challenge is an integral part of our training…because that is how we get BETTER. The techniques are actually metaphors for overcoming challenge. The attacker on the street poses a challenge that must be overcome to preserve the safety of our self and our loved ones. We don’t get to tell the street predator to come back later when we are ready or more prepared. We have to do the best we can, in the moment with the skills we possess.
From a physical and mental standpoint the skills we learn on the mat are challenges in and of themselves. Learning something new or at a higher level of proficiency challenges us to improve. We get in better shape, feel more confident and gain skills that can protect us if we need them. This must translate to our lives off the mat as well. Overcoming injustices, provocations, bad luck and just “life” helps us become stronger and more resourceful.
It is circumstances which show what men are. Therefore, when difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough opponent. “For what purpose?” you may say. Why, that you may become as an Olympic conqueror; BUT, it is not accomplished without sweat. In my opinion no man has had a more profitable difficulty than you have had, IF you choose to make use of it as an athlete would deal with a young antagonist.
The martial arts journey is not about easy victories or fortunate outcomes. These are of little value. Instead it is about embracing the Warrior mindset to seek out worthy opponents who will challenge your skills and help make you the best version of you that you can be!
A Gladiator deems it a disgrace to be matched with an inferior and knows that to win without danger is to win without glory. Seneca
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
So, when the challenges of training, and of life, come…and they will…embrace them as opportunities to improve rather than run from them and remain as those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Take care and see you in class…