You do not have to rush your learning in martial arts. Take your time. One teaching builds on the next. Our accumulated martial arts experiences are very personal to ourselves. This can be something that can be positive or negative. I would not have it any other way. Some martial arts systems are very tough to learn because they have built in life lessons in their movements. We have to embrace these lessons and integrate them into our lives.
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I was working on kenjutsu last week and was moving with my training partner changing kamae (position based on what my spirit is sensing in relation to a changing environment). This requires the mind and body to stay sharp, because if your mind floats for one moment you could be in over your head. A good starting place on how not to get in over your head is “Stay in the moment, not before or after.”
The longer we train in martial arts, the deeper we come to understand ourselves. This deep understanding comes from first training with the physical techniques and then studying the effect the training has on us. If you train with a sincere heart, you can gain great value from martial arts.