And their off!
I started my next two year journey yesterday , my next belt advancement. Third Dahn is more than I ever thought I would do, but yesterday started me on the path.
What the heck was I thinking?
Well when I started martial arts with my son over 10 years ago I never thought I would still be in it in 2016. But here I am going for my third degree belt and still have a ton to learn. our style is so intensive that at first I was overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I had to pack into my 35 year old brain. But really the way it was delivered was crucial to my absorption.
You eat an elephant (assuming you eat elephants) one bite at a time, and that was how I was able to get a grasp on learning over 300 techniques and 7 forms (Katas for you Japanese folks)and preform them to a somewhat satisfactory level.
Conditioning is King!
First of all you cannot just rush into any venture or martial art. It takes time to develop and time to figure out what works for you. David Caradine said “Finding a martial art is like finding the right pair of shoes, you just know when it fits” I agree wholeheartedly. But you do need to devote a serious chunk of time to it and be willing to do what is asked and not disrespect your instructor.
Practice and nutrition are the keys to your success. I love to practice my forms as well as techniques , but I also incorporate supplemental workouts like Insanity , P90X and now even Hard Corps. These programs along with Shakeology have given me my edge back. I realize I started late in the game but that dose not mean I have to sacrifice my fitness.
Conditioning your body is what this is really all about , there is never a time when its ok to get soft. you are either building up or not. Rest days are important of curse , but long periods of rest ill result in a decrease of muscle mass and bone density. So I try not to rest for more than 3 days unless I am recovering from an injury.
Cant wait to see what the next 46 years will bring.