I earned my black belt in Dec 2015, and due to life circumstances after a year or two, although I was training, it was not under the instructor who black belted me.
Thus he was not there to break down my technique.
Over the last couple of years, the new training dynamic has been bugging me.
I decided to show up to my instructor’s early morning class.
Despite us not training together, he heard what I was doing with Jiu-jitsu thru the grapevine.
During my first class back, he surprised me by asking me about getting my 2nd rank as a black belt.
My first reaction was a complete surprise, and I immediately felt I wasn’t worthy to receive the rank.
I immediately told my instructor that I had not been training as much.
He promptly told me that I was still progressing and continuing to spread the art by teaching it to others despite my limited training.
I have always had that outlook with training, not being too concerned with the merit but how training makes you better at what you are training.
Many people tend to focus on the outcome rather than the process that gets you there.
I view diet and training as similar to martial arts.
You see many program tag lines like losing 15 lbs in 30 days or whatever the metric.
My question is, let’s say you lose 15 lbs in 30 days.
Do you stop or create another goal that is an adjustment to your original plan that you achieved?
This is the correct mindset if you want to stay with something long-term.
Whether it’s running, weight training, martial arts, or all of the above, I encourage you to find an exercise that you enjoy.
No matter what the endeavor, consistency is going to be king.
You can’t fail if you don’t give up, and if you keep showing up, it will pay you off in ways you least expected.
If consistency has been an issue for you and you want a roadmap to more confidence, energy, and feeling better overall send me a reply how I can help.