Hey Family, I have a question for you today that only you know the answer to… And I am sure as you begin to think about the answer, you will start to feel something stir deep inside of you.
Are you really pushing yourself to your absolute limit?
My goal for today among other things is to stir you to take action and push yourself harder than you ever pushed yourself because that is how you break through all kinds of barriers in your life.
Learning Kung Fu isn’t just about learning how to fight. In fact being able to defend yourself is an extra benefit of training.
Everyday that you decide to push the limit of what is possible you come one step closer to realizing your fullest potential.
I shared a story on Facebook yesterday about a Kenyan women who pushed herself to her absolute limit, check it out below.
Austin Marathon Runner Hyvon Ngetich of Kenya Crawling to Finish:
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Watching this video reminded me of story a friend of Bruce Lee shared with the public.
Here is the story as told by Bruce Lee’s friend John Little:
“Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile].
So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said “Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out.
I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run any more,” –and we’re still running-”if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it.
I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.” – John Little
The moral of the story: Either push your limits or die. If you’re going to allow yourself to be bound by arbitrary, artificial and anonymous limits, why even bother? One more time (you know you should read it). If you stop at your “limits”…
Our reality is we end up throwing in the towel long before our bodies are close to giving up. When it comes to breaking through barriers in your life regardless if they are physical or psychological you need to be 100% engaged with what you are looking to accomplish. You have to have tunnel vision and go towards the light!
Never let anyone tell you what you are trying to accomplish is impossible. Don’t let self doubt cause you to spiral into depression. Here at Enter Shaolin we advocate training your Mind, Body and Spirit. While all three are important, if you aren’t able to focus on all three at once I recommend starting with the physical. Because training and exercising releases stressors on your mind and spirit. Training makes you feel emotionally balanced and will help you to have the energy and motivation to work on your mind and spirit.
Truth be told, we can find time to do all 3, but for those that feel they just can’t right now, then start there. Just start and keep moving.
Because you are training in Kung Fu you have all the tools to start rebuilding a stronger healthier you right now. This of course will snowball into all other areas of your life.
Here is another inspirational video to get you pumped from Facing the Giants:
The moral of the story here is simple, push yourself past what you think your limit is because you will surprise yourself how far you can really go. You’ve got this! And we are here to root for you all the way!
Besides some encouragement, we got also have some great news for you!
We finally introduced the Wing Chun Steel Rattan Ring training 😉
We have gotten a lot of request to teach rattan ring training. We finally got our set in from Everything Wing Chun.
If you haven’t got your own set yet, you can either buy the traditional rattan style here or the steel 3 pc set we are using here by clicking here. (This is where we got ours, if you decide to buy from our affiliate link you will help us to keep improving Enter Shaolin. Thank you in advance!)
If you are buying a single ring whether steel or rattan, make sure to get one as close to the width of your wrist to the inside of your elbow otherwise know as the length of your forearm.
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