"The Big Lie"
I was listening to this Fitness guru lecture about how to make your 60 year old body into the body of a twenty year old. Of course it captured my interest. Not that I need one, but I figured it couldn't hurt. He was lecturing that to do it would require discipline. He said "look at my body; I am able to do this because of discipline." He went on to say that you could have a similar body if you're able to develop discipline. Of course there was one problem; he was in his twenties, hmmm.
It was difficult to listen to this stuff; maybe it was discipline that allowed me to hang in there. But afterward I couldn't help myself from going up to him and asking "do you enjoy the training and the diet you follow?" He was taken back a bit from the question. He answered "of course I enjoy training and eating correctly." I replied to him that wasn't discipline. Stunned, he looked at me and asked "what are you talking about?" I said that wasn't discipline. Discipline is making yourself do something you don't want to do but you know you need to. I went on to say it doesn't require discipline to do something you enjoy. Enjoyment is a different mental motivation than the mental discipline you're talking about. He turned around in a huff and walked away. I thought to myself, "What did I say?"
In my dojo it is pretty much common knowledge that I train every morning. A student of mine came up and said he wished he was disciplined like I was. He said he really struggles to work out consistently. I responded that I don't train because of discipline. He stood there in shock. I went on to say I train out of fear. I hate working out. However, I fear that if I don't do it I will become fat and die of a heart attack. Fear and discipline are two different motivations. Fear could be the stronger of the two.
I had a karate school owner tell me he can't keep students because today's practitioners don't have discipline. He said today's students aren't like the students of yesterday, who were more disciplined. In those days everyone went to the dojo daily, trained for hours and was generally tougher. But "I" wonder, were we really that disciplined or simply didn't have anything else to do and enjoyed the training.
Maybe discipline is a big lie. Maybe the discipline we have or had really falls into the category of enjoyment or fear. And if this is the case, maybe we have to revisit the way we motivate our students and even ourselves. Obviously we all need discipline to one extent or the other. But maybe we need to rethink these motivational aspects of training.
Maybe we instructors are missing the point. It could be we have been brain washed into thinking something different about what discipline really is. Maybe discipline is actually enjoyment and fear mixed together. I know many of us think of enjoyment as entertainment. In the martial arts world when we think of entertainment we think of "kung fu theater", how revolting. But enjoyment isn't necessarily entertainment. We were also brought up to think that hard training should be painful, not enjoyed. Why can't it be both?
In addition to these possible incorrect thoughts about discipline, we may have incorrect thoughts about fear. Many of us, especially guys, have learned to loath the concept of fear. Fear is a sign of weakness. We are taught not to fear anything, and if we do, we must work to overcome it. But just maybe some fear is good.
Maybe the old masters were wrong. Maybe we should enjoy life and be fearful.
But back to a serious note, maybe we instructors have stressed our misunderstood idea of discipline too much and have neglected the important of enjoyment and healthy fear. Discipline should always be addressed, but maybe enjoyment and healthy fear should be equally addressed.
Enjoyment is a relative concept. It is a state of mind that can be controlled by the individual. As instructors we need to remind our students (and ourselves) why we are doing what we are doing and to enjoy the moment. It is easier to enjoy a challenge than to grind through it. The same challenge can be perceived completely differently depending on the attitude of the individual. Positive always outweighs negative.
What is wrong with the concept of health fear? It motivates people into doing great things. Why not harness this motivator and make it work for us. One should fear things like getting too fat and living unhealthy. It shouldn't be a doom and gloom situation, but concern and the need of urgency is a good thing.
In closing, we instructors must think outside of the box for not only our students but ourselves. We must question everything we have been taught, influenced, sold, feel, etc. This is not to say we change everything but to look at everything. We must even look at the way we motivate ourselves and our students.
Until the next philosophical enlightenment.....
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by Doug Jepperson
The other day I had to sit down with one of our best instructors and explain that I did not think he was teaching what was important. This was a difficult task because he is excellent at teaching karate. He has an impressive personal list of accomplishments. And he is terrific at teaching advanced curriculum to motivated students. But, there is always but in these stories, he teaches the motivated and coordinated kids, you know the future "titans of karate." But the other kids, the "bumblebees, he tends to ignore and if he does pay attention to them it is to say something critical.
So I was faced with the task of saying, even though you personally are great at karate, and you can guide advanced students in learning the secret meaning of the bunkai in our kata that will release the KI of the universe, he was not doing a good job with ALL our students.
I recognize it is much more fun to teach elite athletes or motivated black belts, because they do half the work. But if you're really understand your art it is more intellectually challenging to teach a nine-year-old bumblebee. Our little bumblebees have an attention span of 30 seconds, the coordination of a tree sloth and the motivation of a lottery winner. So I told him what they truly need is recognition of their own value.
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Park City Karate
by Robert Hunt
That was my first reaction to Shorin Ryu kata. It wasn't snappy like Shi-to Ryu, nor smooth and fluid like Goju. It wasn't athletic like Shotokan. It wasn't pretty. It was...clunky. Stiff. Rudimentary. Hard. Basic. Unsophisticated. Slow. Not dynamic.
That's all true. And once I began to learn what karate was all about, it began to make sense.
Emperor Hirohito, as a Prince, saw a karate demonstration in Okinawa in 1921. He asked that someone come to Japan to teach karate and Funakoshi, and later Mabuni, stepped up. What Funakoshi took to Japan at the bequest of the Prince was Shorin Ryu karate, which eventually morphed into Shotokan and Wado Ryu. When I first started learning karate as a young man, what I studied was a version of karate somewhere in between Funakoshi's Shorin Ryu and modern Shotokan.
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Sensei Hunt holds Dan ranks in Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and Shotokan.
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MARTIAL ARTS HUMOR
A famous spiritual teacher came to the front door of the King's palace. None of the guards tried to stop him as he entered and made his way to where the King himself was sitting on his throne.
"What do you want?" asked the King, immediately recognizing the visitor.
"I would like a place to sleep in this inn," replied the teacher.
"But this is not an inn," said the King, "It is my palace."
"May I ask who owned this palace before you?"
"My father. He is dead."
"And who owned it before him?"
"My grandfather. He too is dead."
"And this place where people live for a short time and then move on - did I hear you say that it is NOT an inn?"
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