Well Jan came and went like a flash. I hope all of you are still working hard on your eating habits and your physical fitness. Feb is upon us and there are some great things happening.
Now is the time to push yourself and get involved and begin your journey and make improvements. Don’t wait, time goes by way to fast.
I think it is important to mention we all thought we had nothing but time training with professor so often. It was in a blink of an eye and he had gotten sick and then in such a short time he passed away.
None of us have the ability to know what the future will bring, don’t postpone things for tomorrow!!!
I am very excited these next couple months are full of all kinds of great events.
For starters we now have a personal trainer at the dojo, he and Greg are teaching a strength and conditioning class tues and fri at 6pm It is called Fit Happens .
We have a workshop on sat feb 9th the focus will be ground fighting.
I am also offering 6 slots for ½ private lessons at a discounted rate of $35.00 for the half hour.
This is on a first come first serve.
I am super pumped we have the M.A.C.H. Camp and seminars up and running again they are fantastic no matter what your skill level is. Please check the calendars for these events. IN THE NEAR FUTURE I WILL BE OFFERING FRANCHISE PROGRAMS FOR THE M.A.C.H. PROGRAM.
If you are interested in that you will have to contact me there is a lengthy interview process as well as training process involved.
So as you can see there are a plethora of great things going on with our awesome school.
The focus for the next couple months in class is going to be on foundational skills, We are going to spend a ton of time on the beginning stages of Arnis to improve are base . In the advanced class we are going to be concentrating on how to make things flow.
One of the last things I would like to talk about is dedication . To each person or student this has some different meanings depending on where each student is in their journey.
I want to relate a story that I was told while I was in Germany at the Best of the West camp.
A young man came into the gym carrying a bunch of stuff, I thought holly cow this guys moving in for the next couple of days. I didn’t pay much attention to where he went because I was very busy.
The next day he was there at the gym when I got there. I noticed that a few folks had bedding and sleeping bags on the floor and they were putting their stuff away. As I watched a couple of these folks I observed them eating an apple and some bread and drinking some water.
Later that day I was told from one of my students that the one student was talking about how important this event was to him, and how excited he was to be there. He mentioned that he only makes about $400.00 a month where he lives. The camp was $350.00 and it took 8 hours by train to arrive to the camp location. He spent his months wages on one camp. He slept on the floor ate minimal amount of food but thought that he was having the time of his life. I was sooo impressed with this actually got a chill thinking about the struggles this man went through to get here at this camp. He chose the camp over every day existence.
I think about this when I hear all the excuses folks have about not coming to training, Some folks miss classes every week with no reason, others talk about time constraints, some talk about money.
What I find so amusing is when the Test date for rank is posted people come out of the wood work.
When they are denied or fail their test , the shock on their face is incredible.
When I hear about Money I wonder what truly is going on. I mean I observe you go to McDonald’s spend 12.00 bucks on a crappy meal that you shouldn’t eat to begin with, or you go to Starbucks buy a $7.00 coffee how many days a week. I think back to the Man in Germany who had to use his months wages to work out one weekend, he slept on the floor ate minimal food just to get what he wanted.
I think it comes down to priorities and dedication, and what you truly want. I hear folks every day,” man I cant wait until I get my black belt’, but those words ring so true more than most people ever know. You CANT wait , You expect your black belt for minimal time in and minimal effort, Like a drive though at burger king. I am sorry but you have fooled yourself into believing that this will work.
The day that you chose to pursue the martial arts It began as way of life , some how people have been side tracked off the path.
The black belt is not the end, Its the beginning of a great adventure and journey in self discovery, personal empowerment and enlightenment. Once this happens you will be able to inspire others to follow their dreams and aspirations, and become such a great person . A person who makes no excuses and takes full responsibility for their life , for their future. A person who knows what He/She wants,
knows how to schedule their time appropriately , A person who is DEDICATED TO THE FUTURE,
and a person who makes no EXCUSES!!!.
I m asking everyone to be honest with yourselves and look at what you have done, and look at where you are now and where you want to be. No More excuses, no More missing training, no more’ ‘I will just do it next time’. The time is now to become the greatest that you can be.!!!!
DEDICATE YOURSELF TO YOU. Be successful.!!!!! Train every class like it is the very last class that you can ever attend , give it everything you have ,don’t hold back.
Please be inspired , push yourself there are no limits of what you can do!!!.
See you on the Mat!!!!!!!!!!
p.s. THIS was not directed to any one person, however if you feel it is, that means you need to take a close look at what you are NOT doing to become successful!!!!! Don’t take it personal and quit, take it personal and improve yourself on your views of dedication and what it is going to take for success!!!!