One of the things I am often asked about is how I continue to stay so passionately motivated in the Martial Sciences. I get this question from new people as well as from seasoned martial practitioner’s. For myself I have found a formula that seems to work very, very well! One I constantly challenge myself to get better! I am simply never satisfied. In order to keep getting better I constantly work out not only in IRT but also with all kinds of attribute builders like kettle bells, heavy ropes, etc. I also in this same vein train with people from all kinds of different systems to stay fresh and get new perspectives. Since moving to Vegas I have trained pretty consistently with several other martial practitioner’s. This has kept me very fresh! Another tactic that I use to keep motivated is to watch video. I literally watch hundreds of different DVD’s and video footage of people in motion practicing their form of Martial Science. I critically look at what they are doing and break it down. I view this as video time just like any professional athlete would. Looking for positives and negatives and how to exploit them. Recently I received some BJJ videos and spent several hours breaking down this practitioner’s movement as well as his teaching. If you are already skilled you can see quite a bit! I also read both fiction and non-fiction books with martial arts in them. I am an absolute advocate of the BJJ books put out by the Gracie’s as well as several others. I also enjoy reading about the history involved in most systems but especially the Filipino Martial Arts and Budo Taijutsu. It is also a pleasure to read a novel that has a character who also practices martial arts within it! That is always a treat and some of my absolute best workouts have come while reading a novel like this! More than anything my inspiration definitely comes from training with my students and fellow practitioner’s in Instinctive Response Training! They give me quite a bit of joy in watching their progress and I push myself to give them more so that also makes me train on the edge! By being on the edge one thing you cannot be is afraid of failure! You see to many people are afraid of failure. Myself I embrace those times when I have made a mistake and then figured out how to correct it or made that special leap to some new area of training! Fellow practitioner’s in the Martial Science of Instinctive Response Training always cause me to train on the edge! That edge allows for great passion and motivation is usually an easy thing!
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Brian R. VanCise
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