I was talking with someone the other day and it became clear to me that they felt that they were doing enough in their training to get by. Meaning, they felt adequate that what they were doing would allow them to succeed in a violent confrontation. They were complacent. You simply do not know when, where or how you might be in a violent situation. Therefor your training will simply never be adequate or enough. That is why we have to constantly try to improve and explore the Martial Sciences. In my line of work you simply cannot afford to be complacent. You have to be ready to go at a moments notice and anything could happen. As a Martial practitioner when you go about your daily life more than likely you will not be involved in a violent situation. However, that is no guarantee and statistics have shown that violence does happen and if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time you may find yourself in a situation where your martial skills may just be the deciding factor. That is why we train and our training should prepare us and condition us to succeed in that moment. If you are interested in personal protection never take on the pattern of feeling adequate. Instead take on the pattern of trying to constantly improve and be better prepared. Adequate or complacent is a recipe for someone potentially already defeated. Someone who isn’t really willing to work as hard as they need to be prepared for self-protection. Throughout history many people have become complacent and that complacency has allowed them to be taken advantage of by predators. Always seek more training, better training, improvement of your skill sets, new teachings, etc. Never sit on your hands and say I am good. That will make you complacent and that complacency may lead a predator to see you as easy prey! No, always try to improve and never be satisfied! Be a worldly martial practitioner and never be satisfied and always explore and try to become better! That way you will never become complacent!
See You On The Mats!!!
\Brian R. VanCise
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