Hi, family to say the past several months have been difficult is an understatement. Lot’s of highs and lows and everything in between.
We still have lot’s of things happening but that’s life. The good news is we are getting back into the flow of things. One thing I have truly been grateful for is the Tai Chi Sifu Phu taught me many moons ago. Throughout the years I’ve used my Tai Chi and Qigong training to get through physical disabilities as well as other ailments.
I highly recommend you spend some of your training time in those areas. Becoming a martial artist isn’t about learning a specific form or achieving a specific rank. It’s a decision to incorporate your training into all areas of your life.
It’s only when martial arts becomes a part of you that you can begin to truly reap the benefits of it. You can incorporate your training in practically everything you do on a day to day basis. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
This week I encourage you to up your martial arts training.
Here are some ways you can do just that:
- Start exercising daily, check out our C.O.R.E. training section in the training hall.
If you already workout throughout the week, add on to your time. Maybe a morning and afternoon session?!
- Re-evaluate your diet, cut out sugary drinks, diet anything, processed anything and include more fresh fruits and veggies.
- Read a new book on your favorite martial art.
- Watch a movie that inspires you to train.
- Practice your forms daily, once you have them memorized they don’t take much time to complete. 🙂
- Start meditating or add on to your current meditation routine.
- Take time envisioning yourself sparring and going through your forms.
- Go back to previously completed training at Enter Shaolin to refresh.
Those are just some ideas…
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In the first 10 years of my training, I use to eat, sleep and breathe martial arts. I incorporated everything I did with some kind of martial art training.
I use to have a job as a Car Detailer when I was younger, I literally use to practice using 3 P.R.O.O.F. when I was wet sanding. But that’s not all…
I had another job where I use to labor, I would focus on lifting heavy things up with my whole body. I would also focus my chi into my arms and hands when I had to turn wrenches. Heck, I even would use finger strikes to close cabinets. I would use fut saos and slant kicks to close doors. I would intentionally go into low horse stances to do things like lift up garage doors, just to give you some ideas. 🙂
I would also constantly punch every hard surface I could from road signs, telephone poles, steel beams, trees, sand, concrete walls etc… Even now I practice cycle punching for no particular reason at random times.
Sometimes while I am walking from one room to another I’ll sidestep and pak sao randomly for no particular reason. This is because I’ve trained myself to constantly re-enforce the skill sets I have been practicing for a quarter of a century.
I am always rededicating myself to my training and starting fresh. I made a promise to myself many years ago. I plan on keeping that promise till the day I die. Because I am a martial artist and it’s just what we do. I’ve said it before and I will say it can.
The only difference between those that become incredible martial artist and teachers and those who don’t is just one thing.
Consistency over time. All that you have to do is stay on your journey and never quit and one day it will be hard to separate the person you are from the martial artist you have become because you will be one and the same.
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