Hey Family, firstly happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday season. Jamie asked me to do this weeks update post. She has been having internet connection problems where she is staying at on her vacation.
Being that this is the first day of a new year I thought I would talk about somethings that have been floating around in my head. Please excuse the post if it sounds like I am rambling, because I am lols…
Jamie always gets on me to use the word (Sifu) before my name when I send out a email or write a blog post. Even though I literally have been practicing martial arts in one way or another since I was about 1 years old (thanks to my dad). I have never felt like a teacher. I have always seen myself as a student and most likely will continue to see myself as a student.
There are always new things to learn and just when you think you finally got somewhere you realize you really have only scratched the surface.
I am asked things like: What belt are you? How many years have you been training? Can’t you take your Sifu yet? And a bunch of other silly questions.
I call them silly questions because I am personally not in competition with anyone, nor do I feel like I need to go prove myself. Simply put I train for the love of training. I enjoy martial arts. My skill has consistently increased over the years because I have been consistent in my training.
I made a decision that I would never stop training for the rest of my life. Martial arts for me isn’t about getting to a destination. It has always been about being present in the journey.
Some of the things that seems to cause a lot of people to give up on their martial arts training is their perception of the cost of training and needing to train with us in person. We have a lot of people say things to us like. If only you guys where closer or do you have a school near by? My favorite is I am sorry but it cost to much for me right now.
From my perspective it cost next to nothing to be a member of Enter Shaolin considering I have been a private student of Sifu Phu for decades. That isn’t cheap my friend.
I also spend $155 a month so that my daughter can take public Wushu classes every week not including the gear, gas and wear and tear on my vehicle.
So when I hear someone saying they can’t afford Enter Shaolin I usually just shake my head that the person has such a limiting belief system in themselves and lives in a world of scarcity.
I am not financially rich in any sense of the word. I just choose to prioritize what is important in my life. I am actually a high school dropout but that story is for another day. My point is, if you want something bad enough you will find a way.
I Don’t Think I Can Learn Training Alone
Some people inquire about Enter Shaolin love the idea but they feel that since they don’t have a training partner they won’t be able to learn. If we where able to go back in time. There where people who not only didn’t have training partners, they didn’t have technology either. They learned from manuscripts maybe even clay tablets if we go far enough back into history.
While there is an aspect of martial arts that you can not learn alone and you must have someone to train with. It doesn’t mean you have to put the cart before the horse.
You still have to develop your mind, body and spirit and honestly you don’t need a training partner for those things. There is a universal truth. That truth is you will attract into your life good and bad depending on how you perceive the world around you.
If you become a martial artist you will attract other people into your life who are also interested in martial arts. Notice I didn’t say if you are practicing to become a martial artist. Once you make the decision to start your martial arts journey, you must in your mind become a martial artist.
Once you accept that, everything in your conscious mind and sub conscious mind will go to work to making that your reality. The important thing here is you must see yourself as one first before you will ever become one. Once your personal transformation happens then you will start seeing people come into your life that you can practice with.
And who knows, maybe because you diligently and consistently have been training alone, you can start sharing with people what you have learned.
Let’s Wrap This Post Up
It’s 2016 and Enter Shaolin is still here! Enter Shaolin almost didn’t happen. At first I didn’t believe that people would want to join an online martial arts site.
Because I was in the camp of: You need to go to a school to learn. 2 things changed my mind about that.
- I was secretly watching martial arts videos online and learning stuff.
- My internet business partner and friend Jamie told me she would be willing to pay $97 a month if I had an online site.
Also I couldn’t deny one very important thing. When I first started training with Sifu Phu I already had a chip on my shoulder because I already thought I new something about martial arts. Considering the fact that I trained before I ever met him.
What Sifu Phu taught blew my mind away. Throughout the years I visited schools around the country looking to expand my knowledge. What I came across though time and again is the schools I visited knew little to nothing about how energy actually worked with the body.
You would think more people would have this understanding. And I am sure that their are indeed people out their in the world that does. But the fact is they are few and hard to find.
The concepts and theories we are teaching are unique to us. You really won’t find Ngo Dac Na principles anywhere else online. At least not presented in a easy to understand way that we teach it.
We really wanted to charge $97 a month for an Enter Shaolin membership and in our opinions it would be worth every penny. However we also want to get this information in as many hands that want and need it.
I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of Enter Shaolin. All of us here at Enter Shaolin look forward to serving you for many years to come.
If you are reading this blog post and you are member of Enter Shaolin we would appreciate if you could share your experience here with us in the comments section….
Now on to your training…
Here’s Your New Enter Shaolin Training:
Women’s Self Defense
Blessings & Happy Training,
Sifu Larry Rivera
& The Enter Shaolin Family
Witalis - Victor says
Thanks for greetings – Happy New Year
I like your words about being always a student, because there is always more to learn then we can teach, and there are a lot of things people can study in single training, punches and kicks do not need a partner, but those are essential for any effective self defense.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, it helps those who truly look for it…
And alway it is better to do, whatever you can in your limited environment, then just keep dreaming and sitting doing nothing, you can only get better and change for better when you keep moving, small steps, big steps…whatever can you effort, but keep moving… 🙂
Larry Rivera says
Thanks Victor! Your right too, there is always something you can do to train 🙂
Steven B says
Happy new year.
The first style I trained in, my focus was to get to that black belt. Just before the black belt grading, the senior instructor just looked as me and said – ” Do you think I deserve that belt”. While my technique was sound, attitude was great, the answer was no. (This was only after 18 months of training).
Since then – I have studied in 4 different styles (5 if including Enter Shaolin). After 6 years – I still do not wear that Black belt around my waist. But I am content, I have moved from pure student to student/teaching, learning and sharing and growing. One day I will get that Black belt – but I am in no rush
Life is about the journey – not the destination – enjoy 2016
Larry Rivera says
Hi Steven, thats great!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂