Martial arts practice will definitely give you the opportunity to deal with a spectrum of emotions. In my own experience, I can tell you that overall I love every chance I get to practice! …if you couldn’t already tell. However, it’s also very challenging and full of difficult moments, both emotionally and physically.
When I hear someone say, “it’s hard”, I usually reply with something along the lines of, “Yes, it’s supposed to be hard, otherwise, everyone would be a black belt.” Anyone you’ve ever seen wearing a higher-ranked belt has certainly experienced the hard times. If everyone quit the moment it gets hard, then no one would earn a black belt. The same is true about any sport or great achievement. Of course it’s going to be hard at times! I doubt anyone who conquered Mount Everest said it was easy, but always worth it. If martial arts were easy, we would learn nothing from the journey and practice would lack the opportunity it provides to grow as a person.
I appreciate the students who rise to the challenge when given a difficult task. And also those who rise to the challenge with excitement and determination! Those are the warriors, those are the top achievers. For those who grunt and complain at a challenge, I will do my best to correct the behavior in a positive way; I’ll encourage a student to realize what they will learn from that challenge. Just as students train their muscles to the movements, we must train our minds with practice to take on the difficult tasks with courage.
Do something for yourself that’s difficult, do something for yourself that is a challenge, do something for yourself that puts you outside of your comfort zone. That’s how we grow. If you have a child who complains when it gets hard, I suggest don’t let them take the easy out. Encourage them to push forward, then ask them what they learned when they reached the other side.
Challenge, change, excel. Train hard, OSU!