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Posted: February 07, 2019

“Real patience is the fruit of perseverance.” -Anonymous 

 

Dear Friend,

 

I trust this blog finds you well.  

Martial Arts training is a discipline. 

More accurately, it’s a self-discipline.

Training has to be consciously integrated into your schedule.

Without participation, there is no progress. 

Perhaps you are already familiar with the following question. 

“Ya goin'?"

If you've been training for a while, you've been asked this question many times. 

After 35+ years of Martial Arts behind me, and the next 45+ ahead of me, it's a question that I am very familiar with. 

Can you imagine the number of times my classmates asked me, "Are ya goin'?", in reference to whether or not I was going to participate in a class, go to a training seminar, travel for intensive training out of State, or study in a different Country? 

If I had a nickel for every time, I would own a bank.  

Here's what I've learned...

1. Decide to train. 

2. Train. 

If I based my training on whether or not my training partners and classmates were "goin’”, I would have missed out on a tremendous number of lessons, progress, and experiences. 

Here's what else I learned...

1. Whenever someone asks me, "Are ya goin’?”, my response is, "Yes, I look forward to seeing you there." 

2. I have learned not to ask my classmates if they're "goin'." I simply make the naive assumption that they are. 

We have a full schedule of classes this week. 

I’m goin’! 

I look forward to seeing you and your family in class at the Dojo. 

 

Respectfully,

Kyoshi Thomas Clifford 


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