I had a bit of a flashback this week as we trained sparring concepts at the dojo….
I started training very young and most of the other students in the class were adults. There was guy I’ll call “Lex” who was very intimidating and honestly a bit of a bully. As I grew up, got stronger and more skilled, his aggression increased; I always knew I would sustain an injury or an insult whenever I had to partner with Lex…I dreaded it.
A few reflections I can share….
It shaped the rest of my life for better or worse. Being “anti Lex” became the basis of my teaching over the next decades, and I am grateful for that. It’s a challenge to train students to be warriors with realism and still maintain safety with the least amount of injury, but it’s the job I accept. I will never just go through the motions.
As I think about this, it doesn’t just pertain to a martial arts school. It’s our personal and work relationships, families, friends, and even strangers. Treating others with respect and grace is utmost in my opinion. I wish more people to agree and live by this.
Simply put, just be better; be great; to more awesome….
We would all have a better world
Sadly, Lex passed away recently…I ran into him years ago, and he outwardly apologized for his younger actions….It was nice to hear, but many years and damage had already gone by…Let’s not waste our depleting time…
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