…..I was sitting at a table the other day with some really good friends. We are all martial practitioner’s and have great wives that tolerate it. So during the course of dinner and drinks we started talking about people needing to find what they are good at. That is some times very hard. Some one who is an excellent businessman may not like business and if they do not go into that field they may flounder in other fields. This can go for any profession and any person. People need to look at what they can do and what they can do best and see if they can make it work. The topic then went to there is a price that you pay for what you do. This can be work related, sport or activity related and certainly has to do with the martial sciences. Let’s look at competitive football athletes. At every level high school, college and the pro’s they truthfully are in car crashes every game. That wears on the body immensely and that is also why if you see some older say in their forties or so professional football players they some times have the on set of arthritis, damaged joints which may need replacement, etc. It is in general a high price that some of them pay. However, I am sure that almost all of them will tell you it is worth it because if they do make it to the pro’s they can set up their families for generations. I personally know some one that works in a field that they dislike. He has been doing it for ten years but within that field he is simply one of the best and he is incredibly successful and supports his family in a great manner. The price he pays is easily worth it in his mind but he is also definitely looking forward to retirement. Now let’s focus on the martial sciences. If you are a martial practitioner then their will probably be some rough stretches in your training. You also will probably get banged up and maybe have a serious injury or two. Speaking specifically for myself I have a body that while in exceptional shape and conditioning it also has some bruises, bumps and injuries that I will have for a life time. Is this price that I have already paid worth it? Absolutely without a doubt because the skill set is some thing that I have always wanted. So for myself the price is easy and well worth it. In any physical endeavor or any life endeavor the price that you pay is something you have to figure into whether it is right for you. For myself training in the martial sciences and the price that goes along with it is some thing that I find easily manageable because I love the training.
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