We’ve all seen vows take place at weddings especially the 'I do' bit and then it’s all over and done with but nobody thinks, at the time, how much time and effort has gone leading into this moment.
Tournament is usually a one day event and competing may only be a matter of minutes. The most important part is the preparation and training leading up to the event.
I hear some students say, ‘I am not ready’. Does that mean they are not willing, or does that mean they are not ready to take on the extra training? In martial arts competition there is no such thing as losing as long as you did your very best. But there is an upside to this. Stepping into the arena is an opportunity to test your skills and gain experience that only competition can provide. I notice the incredible improvement in students who put their hands up to compete. Not only does their sparring and kata improve but overall skills and confidence.
I was talking to Billy ‘the Kid’ (World Champion Boxer) today about how many people out there are willing take on everybody as long as they don’t have to step out the front door of their school. It’s best these people, especially those who have never competed, to keep quiet and maintain a low profile because it is a small world.
Whilst competition is not for everybody I do encourage students to at least, just the once, experience that arousal and adrenalin when confronted outside the norm of their surroundings – call it a little preparation for that shocking street encounter should it ever happen. Those who don't compete should look at becoming skilled coaches and motivators to assist those who want to 'take on the world'.
Letting students know they have the potential is all it may take for them to say, ‘I do’ when asked, ‘who wants to compete.’
Congratulations to our fine young outstanding athletes last weekend at the recent AMAC championships:
Etan Foo, Siddarth Warrier, Jake Mountford, Alex Piotrowski, Kyle Welevita.