Hi! How’s your week going?
Sensei Mae here. I want to talk about getting out of a slump.
Even though I love karate, sometimes life just takes me away from the dojo. And when that happens I fall into a slump.
So now I’m getting out. And here’s how you can too.
1) Do something. My teacher always says “to do something is better than to do nothing”
So get up and do something. Even if it’s just a few kicks, one kata or a few punches, something is always better than nothing. So right now as you’re reading this get up and do something. I’ll wait. The more you move the better you will feel.
2) I just did some punches and kicks and I feel better. Don’t you?
Remember why you got into karate in the first place. I got into it for self-defense, so that’s what I’m practicing next.
3) Call your karate buddy. Who do you look forward to seeing at karate? Give them a call. Even if you haven’t trained in years just reach out. Just talking about karate is great. Talking about the fun you had together can rekindle the love you have for this great art.
4) Everyone gets slump. But not everyone overcomes it. The difference between a white belt and a black belt is that a black belt never gave up. The Black belt comes to class, respects the teaching and diligently practices. At my dojo, some black belts take breaks and that’s ok. They come back refreshed and ready for more. They are some of the most technically accurate and caring black belts.
5) Set new goals, and have a plan to achieve them. Goals are no good without follow up. My goal is to test for 2nd degree. So I called my karate buddy and I have a plan of attack.
So get out there, practice the art you love. And then tell me what you did on twitter or Facebook!