In it for the long haul…

Today’s training wasn’t easy. It was hard and focused on such small things. I’m sore after today and that doesn’t happen that often.  Today’s training is what it going to take me from where I am to where I want to be. A much better, complete martial artist. I understand the concepts of body rotation, body vibration and all that but today took it to another level.

Less than an eighth of an inch off with a toe position or one tiny bit off pulling my foot back and I had to do it over and over again.

Private training. Sometimes it makes me cringe to think of it – the center of the instructor’s universe. No other students to hide behind or distract him if I don’t do a technique absolutely 100% correctly. Its like being under a microscope with a drill sargeant scrutinizing your every move. Its tough.It doesn’t help that on days like today I feel so uncoordinated. I almost don’t know my left from my right. I can’t concentrate and look up and do it perfectly all at the same time it seems. We break each move down into tiny parts until I perfect it only to move on to the next and have to study it as intently.

Only one thing pulls me through a day like today – my determination to reach my goal. I can’t give up. I won’t give up. Its dangling there before me…whatever it takes I’ll do it to get there. Sore, aching muscles and all. And I know one thing, I’ll be all the stronger for crossing each hurdle in my way. I’ll be better. I will be a black belt.

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