When I see a skilled martial practitioner they invariably have discipline. Discipline to train, discipline to maintain their skills and discipline to continue on this martial path. This last part is essential for a martial practitioner. It is very, very easy to fall out of a habit. So easy in fact that through the years I have seen more than my share of very good martial practitioner’s fall out of training and never train again or pick it up later after their skills have diminished. If you intend on being a serious martial practitioner you must have discipline. Lots of mental discipline to carry on over time! You need to carry on even when you may not feel like it. You need to carry on when you have those mental blocks to training. Bottom line you need to have the discipline to carry on! This requires that you find new ways to inspire your training. Personally I read a lot and quite often I read books that have some martial arts in them. This for whatever reason inspires me and gives me fuel to train. I also watch competitive martial activities like kickboxing, mma, point fighting, etc. This also inspires me. Another thing I do to get inspired is just drop in on a martial arts school and watch or participate in their training. Some times I let the instructor know who or what I am and other times I do not. I just blend in and enjoy the training. I also seek inspiration elsewhere outside of the martial practices and enjoy sporting events and recreational activities like hiking, paddle boarding, swimming, etc. I also enjoy watching other people enjoy their activities. This can be very inspirational and help in my personal discipline. It is easy when you first start to be inspired but over time you have to find ways to be inspired. This is essential! Your mental discipline in the martial sciences will in the end be one of your strongest allies. It is also a key cornerstone in your own skill sets as someone with mental discipline is scary when confronted in a personal protection situation! Remember to be disciplined and enjoy the Martial Sciences!
Brian R. VanCise
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