One thing that I think is important to remember in the Martial Sciences is that you are always a practitioner, always a student, always learning! No matter where you are on your path in the Martial Sciences you always need to keep learning and progressing. Which means no matter where you are you can always learn from someone else and you are always encouraged to have a teacher or someone to show you the way. I personally have many teachers and mentors. Some are more prominent now in my life but all have helped me along the way. Since I wish to continually learn I am always looking for someone to show me what they do and how they do it. An example of this would be that when I go on vacation I always look in advance to see who is teaching in the area and then set up some training with them. This is always a great opportunity because when you are on vacation you are relaxed and that really aids in the learning process. I also always try to have an instructor within a hundred miles or so from where I live to go and train with. This has always helped in my growth as a martial practitioner. Even if it is only private lessons or once in a while. Or I like having an instructor come in for an intensive or a seminar to show their skill sets and learn from them. In Michigan we always had someone coming into the Training Hall and the learning process was always dynamic. In Vegas there are simply lots of people to train with. You just have to get out and train. I am always learning, always seeking out training that reinforces what I do and causes me to re-evaluate my training. All IRT practitioner’s should do this and most have taken my example and run with it. In the learning process I am actually a slow learner or just average. Even after all these years. It takes me awhile to digest the principles and elements usually taught. However, once I have them and incorporate them into what I do then walla they are mine. The frame-work of IRT has really helped me in being successful with this. The important point I am trying to make here is that everyone needs someone to point new things out to them as well as correct their mistakes. Having people point out things to you and correct you keeps you grounded in the Martial Sciences. This grounded aspect allows you to be introduced to new ideas, thoughts and movement. That in turn allows you to progress. We all need inspiration! Inspiration leads to growth and progress. In the Martial Sciences progression in your training is paramount. It is what is important. Your growth is what is important. Do not let anything get in the way of your growth!
Brian R. VanCise
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