Technique of the Week (March 8th, 2009)
We are all Olympians
What makes an Olympian? Competitor or champion its still the same: years of practice, repetition again and again, dedication and focus on the goal, overcoming pain and fatigue and a lot of sweat.
A karateka is dedicated and focused on the goal of being the best that s/he can be. We have no competitors, not until the day that we have to use our karate to protect ourselves or our loved ones. Until that time our only competitor is ourselves; to be better than we were last year, last week or just yesterday.
A karateka trains in spite of the pain and creates a lot of sweat feeling the Joy and Vigor created by an act that can, at times, be transcendental.
one fictional and the other historical, bring to mind two main
principals of the Olympics.
as the gymnasts failed to stick the landing, or fall from the
A karateka too must overcome the odds and surmount the obstacles. The odds of finding time from work and family to train. The odds of a tired body that has worked too many hours at a desk, or sat in a train or plane. The odds of a dojo too hot or too cold or being in a class with 40 deshi in a room that holds 10 or alone, going through the kata by yourself.
A karateka too must keep trying, never letting mistakes, missteps, bruises, falls or other distractions stop us from continuing. We dont shake our heads, we dont feel dejected, we dont show failure. We continue and do better next time.