Today was the official start my personal requirements before I test for my 6th Degree Black Belt next July (on Friday the 13th, no less).
Starting new habits are difficult, and today wasn’t an exception. Having been out of sparring for several weeks due to illness, coming back today (of all days) was extra challenging. The “Ageism” self-talk of “I’m too old”, quickly flooded my brain. Knowing that doesn’t help, I focused on just being another person who trains in martial arts. Not comparing myself to the past me or my younger and more spry classmates, but just giving myself permission to enjoy the practice. Which I did (all fifteen 2-minute rounds, to be exact). My goal is an average of 3 sparring matches a day; Which means I will need to spar 6 more rounds before next Friday. Any students who would like to help me reach this goal, be here for classes next week! I’ll be working out with you. 🙂
Afterwards, I started the first of a weekly “Mastership Training Class” where I invited students to come train with me for an hour while I worked on my daily quota (3 form repetitions, 150 pushups, 150 situps and meditation for 15 minutes). I was surprised at how hard everyone worked (even when they had trained the 1-2 hours prior), and appreciated their encouragement, cheers, and high fives. This class will change from week to week depending on what I need to work on. Any students wishing to join me are invited to attend a class to try it out! Just reach out and let me know if you’re interested!
At the end of day #1, I feel like I’ve been hit by a Mack truck! Good thing is, that after a couple weeks, it’ll get easier. My thanks to everyone who trained with me today, your encouragement and support mean the world to me.
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