As a martial arts trainer, I am always discovering parallels between good Karate and an effective life. And there are many. The more each technique is practiced with finesse and Perfection, the better the final whole product is in karate. So in life!
Trying to do more, without becoming better at basic skills and improving what you already do & is a mistake in karate. Intense, focused, vigorous training and practice improves performance in karate. So also in business. So also in life.
A good karate practitioner never takes his eye off the opponent, even when showing respect. This is a wise practice in dealing with others in daily life, also.
Good karate practice is training like your life depends on each technique. And so indeed it may at some point. If you shortcut the process, you will undermine your development. Slacking up and goofing off in training and practice only cheats yourself in karate. Even more so in life.
Keeping your eye, desire and focus on the prize can help you continue the fight, even when the contest is difficult. Just like this, knowing clearly and keeping your vision on your aim can keep you going in the hard struggles of work and life.
Mentally marking moments of excellent performance-with an internal atta-boy of recognition increases ability in karate. It will do this also, in any skillset, you would like to improve.
If you practice Karate excellently-long enough & consistently. Muscle memory will take over in an actual moment of need.
And like life, Karate is not all about ourselves! If you pay careful attention to teach and help others develop in karate, you also will greatly improve. Same in work and life. Helping others will also help you!
Exertion & conditioning must be vigorous to develop strength, stamina, increase proficiency & improve performance in Karate. Life is no different! It takes ample amounts of devoted time to learn true skill and develop reliable techniques. Short cuts are never helpful if they do not add balance-speed & Power. But if they do, then they are improved techniques not short cuts.
To improve your own karate & also life techniques-you must respectfully study and follow the effective practices and teaching of other worthy examples. No man is an island, in any worthy pursuit.
Every karate technique can be improved. Therefore, An endless pursuit of perfection is healthy; as long as it includes honest doses of realism.
Humility is the beginning of mastery. Peacefulness and tolerance is the beginning, of an overcoming spirit in Karate and life. A standard of complete truthfulness with yourself and others is the only legitimate basis for good karate training. This is similarly true in healthy Life Training practices.
Good karate training may have Mastery as a goal. But it honestly starts where-ever it’s at & accepts the reality of current deficiencies.
And perhaps the biggest discovery in Karate and life parallels I’ve learned in karate-when your Higher Power becomes your inner power-there’s an internal Dynamo of strength that’s incalculable. And so I thank The Father for His hand of blessing, in helping me train my best in karate and in life!!!!! May you discover these healthy parallels also!