Consistency … or put other ways … constancy, regularity, evenness, steadiness, stability, equilibrium, dependability, reliability.
I have noticed an alarming trend in many martial artists. I want to make sure we in the Thru The Fire Training Organization avoid the same trap.
As people make the metaphorical journey through the skill acquisition steps (Learn,
Practice, Master, Functionalize, Maintain) there is a temptation to attempt to bypass the hard steps and continue to revel in the easy ones. Everybody enjoys the first time we learn a new skill or technique. It’s fun! We feel like we are growing because we have learned something new!
Yeah! (hear my sarcasm?)
We even enjoy practicing it for a little while….then the work begins and it doesn’t seem like fun anymore. This is where many people lose focus and attempt to find “fun” again by going out and learning new techniques... again.
As you surely know by now, one of the most consistent sayings I repeat in training
sessions is, “Be intentional in your training.” I thought it might be helpful to discuss
briefly what I mean by that in hopes to stimulate your internal learning processes as well as to invite discussions on the subject.
To me, the “Intentional Process” is made up of a series of concepts. I will briefly discuss three of these ideas which I believe are certainly some of the most important. Those being: Intentionality, Focus, and Expression.
Intentionality – While training (especially solo training) you must seek to be in precise control of every minute part of your body and every degree of your movement. This is certainly part of the “self-perfection” we so gallantly speak about, and yet I see very little self perfecting going on in the JKD/Kali world at large.
In many ways, your ability to refine your skill...