What makes a great martial artist??
Is it how much they train?
maybe how hard they train?
How much they've learnt possibly?
No!!, its non of these. Yes training is important to maintain the skills you have worked so hard for..Traing hard, produces a good skill knowledge, with good overall body condition. Being intelligent enough to learn in the first place helps..
But no the answer is still no !!
Being a great martial artist, is being able to overcome the dreaded drop off point !!!simple and direct. This is far more important than any other learning process.
There comes a point in all martial artist careers, whether they are just a few weeks in, or maybe years, when they suddenly come up against a brick wall. They cant get over it, under it, or indeed go around it.
No amount of trying will work...it just sits there..It wont go away as its inside your being. This is the drop off point, that so many practioners throughout the ages have reflected on. Most sit down, turn off their internal engine and shut down.
This is it!!
Their martial career has ended, they no longer have the willpower to carry on. Before long their skills have become so rusty, they no longer work..Knowledge of the forms, go out the window, taking with them all their accumulated knowledge of the system. Everything starts to fade into grey blurry swirling mist of nothingness. This is a sad day indeed !!
For some, the fire gets a new life, the flickering flame suddenly lights up and burns brightly again. This brings about a new interest, a new wanting. The career resumes and becomes tenfold what it was before.
This is what makes a great martial artist !
this single thing!
The will to get up, shake off the cobwebs and come back fighting, forging their futures, making it happen.
When all the ingredients are in front of you, and all you have to do is put them together, it is those that do, that count. Those that dont, just simply fade away.
In the code of conduct, it says, "maintain your skills" because if you dont, then that wall may be just around your next corner !!
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