One of the many ideas I learned in martial arts was to just keep going. This is something that Dr. Hatsumi is always saying. There are going to be times that it may not feel like you’re growing but that’s when you’re actually doing the most growing. So hang in there. Pick yourself up and “keep going”.
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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.