Saturday, 16 August 2014
Practice Makes What?
Repetition is king when it comes to perfecting a skill and it doesn't matter whether its olympic lifting or martial arts - you still need to put the time in. I understand for most training at the gym it's just a hobby, a pastime, but you have to understand without some level of repetition you're just turning up to a class. I always want the best from the people who show up and the simple fact is it's not going to be something new and shiny each week. You have to work hard at the basics and, yes, you will learn new shiny things but the shiny things are nothing without the basics and the repetition. It used to be the case that having a black belt really meant something. You were feared and rightly so, because you had worked hard, learned a lot and could apply in real time the skills you had learned. However, in today's world very few people are truly prepared to hang on in for the journey so they created short cut martial arts and handed out black belts to children and adults who truly were not deserving. So eventually the black belt became not as prized. The same with the MBA business qualification. They saturated the market with that and now nobody cares if you have it. I understand the need to keep the student motivated, but as a student you must understand you need to put time in and then everything will come good. So if you want a good round kick throw a hundred kicks a day. You want to power clean better then get under that broomstick and do 50 a day. Nothing is stopping you from being great except yourself.