The acquisition of a "burning" desire can be held back by pride, ego and false beliefs!

Picture of Shihan

September 2001

Volume 3 Issue 9

Aibudo Kanji

What everyone who has experienced it, wishes they had knowledge of!

Aibudo practitioners are "too hot" to touch!
Aibudo practitioners are "too hot" to touch!

An excerpt from part 13 of Sun Tzu:

'The more times you defeat the enemy the stronger you will be!'

When are you "good enough"

to "teach"?

     From the list below, what are the prerequisites, for passing on knowledge of the martial arts, that determine your status as an instructor?

     [ ]     Participation in several arts

     [ ]     Wearing a Black-belt

     [ ]     A "Black-belt" certificate

     [ ]     Your friends consider you "good"

     [ ]     Two years or more within one system

     [ ]     An "Instructor" Certificate

     [ ]     Your acceptance as an instructor by

              your peers.

     [ ]     You have numerous trophy's

     [ ]     Participation in many tournaments

     [ ]     You are respected

     [ ]     Your physical stature or appearance

     [ ]     Flexibility

     [ ]     Gender

     [ ]     Other

     What would you look for in an individual to learn from?  One of the above, two, several?  Why would you make those choices?

Is there a martial arts system that truly has "everything' to offer?

     Here we have an easy question to answer.  NO!  You have to choose a system that includes what you are interested in at the time.  As your knowledge increases, you might possibly want to acquire knowledge in an area that you had previously not considered.  If the system you choose has what you consider to be beneficial to you, that's what's important.  I have witnessed several individuals who have constantly moved from here to there, looking for the unrealistic and have acquired very little of any thing, except a waste of time, both for them and the instructors.  You must have the dedication required to become proficient in your first choice, before moving on to  "greener pastures" as they say, unless you truly feel that you are not learning or advancing within a reasonable amount of time.  What's reasonable is relevant to the time frame of the course of instruction.  If it requires 6 years to acquire a Black-belt and you quit in two weeks, you have not given it a fair chance.  If the time frame is 6

month's and you quit after 4 month's, you took too long in making a final decision.  A great amount of time may have been wasted that could have been put to better use.

If you feel that you are not progressing as fast as you think you should, who's fault is it?

     It could be everyone involved.  The instructor(s), yourself and your training peers.  Starting with the instructor, they may not be monitoring you close enough to witness your accomplishments.  With the individual, it takes some work off the training hall premises, to advance as you should.  The Dojo is there to introduce you to the material and critique as well as possible your faults. You should then work specifically on those faults at your residence and then have the instructor monitor your actions relative to them when you return to class.  As far as flexibility, strength and endurance go, they are  dependent upon gender, genes, age, starting physical condition and time spent training on them.  Your peers can have a tremendous effect upon your advancements.  A senior who may feel threatened by your capabilities might not help you as they should.  The thought of a junior making them look bad, is no incentive at all, they think.  But that's not truly the case, for as the juniors improve, so do the seniors.  They will get better as they work with you and vise-versa.  Attempt to work with the senior peers as much as possible.  Also, if there are junior to you, work with them from time to time, to "test" your knowledge of where "you came from".  You might have missed something along the way and that is a good way to find out.

Are you learning what interests you most at the time?

Probably not!  There has to be a specific amount of time spent on the "basics".  They may appear boring or inconsequential, but they are more important than you may think at the time.  As you become more knowledge, you will find that the basics are the best you have, with a few complexities mixed in someplace in the middle.  Now, as time goes by, if the instructors allow, you should be introduced to your more personal desires as time allows.  This

is beneficial not only to you, but the instructor and class as a whole.  It helps maintain your interest, as well as advance or improve the abilities of the seniors.  Sometimes the seniors feel that they have "learned it all", but these little added "reviews" generally prove otherwise.  The true martial artist will always appreciate going back over the previous material.

If you would like more information about a specific, how should you go about it?

     First off, if it's offered within the system, ask your instructor or your peers for more information.  If the instructor balks, they may have a good reason and you will just have to accept it for the time being.  It may be that you should be spending more time on the specifics of the time and not jumping ahead to where you don't belong.  If what you are after is not offered within the system, I would wait a while, acquire the basics of where you are at, and then in the future, you are still uncomfortable about not learning your true desires, look for a class that specializes in just that.  In that way, you gain in many areas, with little waste anywhere. 

Should you volunteer to involve yourself more?

     This is entirely dependent upon the system and the instructor.  Two instructors within the same system could probably have their own opinions upon this, but if they follow the written and "unwritten" bylaws, they should both be the same.  If the system allows it, that's great as long as you don't acquire burn-out as a result. Becoming involved in the inner workings of a system, can have a positive effect in your abilities to advance in your requirements.  You can not buy mental drive.  Sometimes more involvement, is like a "shot in the arm", that is invaluable.  Learning can improve with no visible reason for it.  You just appear more energetic and physical improvements seem to come from nowhere.  More involvement though is not for everyone, either for the instructor of the student.  Sometimes the chemistry is just not right and a good relationship can fall apart.