Spring represents a time for new beginnings. Flowers are blooming, life is starting and things are growing. This is also a great time to reflect on your Martial Arts study. In the past couple of months, how much effort have you been putting into your training? Have you made excuses as to why you have not trained? Have you been feeling unmotivated with the cold weather? With the changing weather and the days getting longer we should look at this time as an opportunity to reboot and refocus.
As you approach your training this season, I am asking you to be more aware of your actions in and out of the dojo. Our training is not simply the time that we put into improving ourselves at our physical location. Martial Arts training is a way of life and should be practiced in all aspects of our lives. Let me explain…Martial Arts is about discipline, focus, perseverance and dedication. It requires us to do tasks that we may not feel like doing, yet we still push through. This is no different in our times outside of the dojo.
So when you are at school, at work or at home, you need to be mindful of our actions and how you carry yourself. We need to be aware of whether we are being lazy, passive, are taking a short cuts, or whether we are working to get better. If you are training at this or any dojo, you are a representative of Martial Arts. Your actions will leave an impression on others, so let’s always try to do our best and get better every day in all that we do. This means both in and out of the dojo.
継続は力なり- (Keizoku wa chikara nari) Literally: Continuance (also) is power/strength.
This means: Don’t give up. Just continuing to hold on will yield/reveal strength and power. Continuing on after a setback is its own kind of strength. Perseverance is power.
(taken from http://wisdomquotes.org/japanese.php)