You can visit a martial arts class and come away having learnt nothing more than a few exercises or movements.
On the other hand, you can actually go to a martial arts class.
Then you start learning, right from the moment you enter.
You learn respect. Humility. Dedication. And so much more – about yourself.
You come to class early, and wait for the master. Not land up late and make excuses.
You do this because you respect the person you are coming to learn from. You do this because you want to learn. And when you do this, you learn to park your ego: not at the door, but much before it.
It is the beginning of filling yourself with real, solid substance and getting rid of bombast and empty bullshit.
When you attend a class, it is about going deep within yourself to understand what it is that you want, and what you’re made of. Are you in class simply as a fad? In which case, you’ll drop out, and soon. Are you there simply because you want to do something, and this seems like it, but you’re not sure? Same result.
But if you’re there because you want to learn – then you’ll stay.
You’ll be tired, but you won’t use that as an excuse to bunk. You wouldn’t have slept, but you’ll come there all the same. You may feel down, but you’ll not stay away.
And before you know it, you’ll have found, deep within you, two very precious things that will be of value throughout your life.
An unwavering willingness to stick to a path, no matter what comes. You’ll be able to take the good with the bad, the horrid days when nothing goes right, the times when every thing you touch simply falls apart – and you’ll come through stronger.
You’ll come through shining. And you’ll come through being what you really need to be at the end of life:
A better you.