Personal Involvement, Is It Worth It?

June 2003

Volume 5 Issue 6

Aibudo Kanji

complaint, will lead him along a path to enlightenment.   

     With the discipline selected that best suits the individual, and the chosen instructor he will train under, the work begins. An individual can find a new world waiting for him, one that will open new doors, new experiences, new thought processes, and all for the betterment of the man, the mind, and the spirit.  That individual will also find courage to travel roads previously thought impossible.

      It is work, and requires maximum effort, but the fulfillment one attains is worth every bit of sacrifice. With each step taken along the way, no matter how big or small it may seem, there comes a great sense of pride and accomplishment. Success is progressive. Continuous effort in practice and study will result in the positive outcome desired.

    To study therefore, the arts in particular, is to live the life. "The Way" is not for everyone. The true "martial way" that is. To be a student is one thing, to be a martial artist is quite another.

    The arts will go with the man no matter where he chooses to travel. The arts live deep within the spirit of the true practitioner, and as a martial artist, he ultimately finds "oneness" with his discipline.

Sensei Jim Curtsinger



     Getting involved in anything takes of your time.  Just as Sensei's contribution to this month's Hoodoo, took of his time.  Did he make any money from it?  No!  Did it lower his living expenses?  No!

Could he have been doing something else with his family?  Yes!  Could he have just been relaxing and taking it easy?  Yes!  Becoming involved in most cases, takes of your time and causes no improvement in your physical life style, but it does improve your feeling of well-being.  Is it worth it?  I think so.  In the martial arts there are "costs' involved with participation and involvement, but the benefits out weigh them.  The appreciation that each member has for others in the classes, is one thing.  On a personal reflection, let's check out some of the "costs" for Hombudojo members, this past month or so.  Sensei Wissler broke his foot kicking Master Jordan during kumite.  Sempai Bodwell injured his foot during a sparring/grappling session at the Greenfield Dojo.  Mr. Edington, after working all day at the bank, could just as well go home and take a nap rather than come to class and be "abused" even more.  Sara, instead of having to hobble around on her "boot" (as a result of surgery on her foot), could just as well have stayed home and been much more comfortable.  Master Jordan could just as well "sleep in" another couple of hours before going to work, but he doesn't.  He is always there.  Why do these people put up with the inconvenience of the martial arts?  Simple, they are martial artist's.  The arts have changed their lives and, for the present anyway, they are the martial arts.  It's a dedication to something bigger than you are.  You are acquiring something that money cannot outright buy.  You only receive your desired results through personal involvement, even when you could be doing "nothing".  Think about it!


Written and Contributed by

Sensei Jim Curtsinger

     To study the arts is to study one's innermost being, the very soul of the individual. True practitioners will endeavor to find the spirit of "the way" in which they have chosen to train, while others will be fascinated with kicks and punches. A true martial artist is one who puts his discipline above all else other than God and family. He is one who has made the arts a lifestyle. It is a part of him, and goes everywhere he goes.

   When a person studies the arts intensely, he is bound eventually to search himself very openly. It is nearly impossible not to. He will come to terms with his strengths and weaknesses, and will acquire the wisdom to deal effectively with each. The world around him will appear differently than ever before. He will in fact become a changed man, a better man, to himself, and to all who know him. He will find new challenges, and new respect. A true practitioner will live "the way" each and every day of his life.

    To study the arts is not a hobby. One must "become" the study he is undertaking. A person who brags of his "karate class lessons" in an attempt to force respect from others, has found all the glory he will ever know from the arts. Respect has to be "earned". There is no other way to get it. It certainly does not come from having a big mouth and bragging about what you can do (nobody wants to hear it anyway). Take note of the quiet practitioner who finds joy in his training. The lessons learned from hours of sweat, sore muscles, and seemingly endless repetition, all done without

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