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Strength Of Spirit

Strength Of Spirit

Posted: July 12, 2019

"Your spirit controls your mind, your mind controls your body, and your body controls your weapon. After this, there is nothing under your control. The rest is influence.” -Anonymous 


Dear Friend,

I trust this blog finds you well. 

Learning the Martial Arts is fascinating and fulfilling. 

It is an extraordinarily beneficial method of personal development. 

There is one particular benefit of training that tops the list - the cultivation of a non-quitting spirit. 

Here’s how it works...

When you notice...

• increased strength

• better endurance

• improved flexibility know that you are progressing physically. 

Training is a pleasure. 

When your notice...

• increased memory

• better focus 

• improved imagination know that your are progressing mentally. 

Training is a pleasure. 

When none of these things seem to be happening, it is easy to become discouraged. 

In other words, it is easy to lose your courage. 

It can be tempting to cower in the face of uncertainty. 

Training is painful. 

Many people hit this wall, and move on to something else. 

You and I both know that this often leads to a pattern of mediocrity.  

It is at this very moment that we have the opportunity to get the greatest treasure the Martial Arts has to offer...

...a non-quitting spirit! 

It can only occur when you are in the “valley of despair.”

That place where you are not getting better, you are actually getting worse.   

This is your chance to cultivate a non-quitting spirit. 

A non-quitting spirit will not bring you to the peak of progress. 

It will simply get you through a plateau - a long and difficult path of slight and sometimes imperceptible improvement. 

You cannot develop it when everything is wonderful and training is a pure pleasure. 

You cultivate a non-quitting spirit when you feel like quitting, but you do not. 

It is simple, but it is not easy.  

Of all the benefits your training can bring you, none is more valuable than a non-quitting spirit. 

Without it, your progress will eventually come to a screeching halt. 

With it, you can expect a lifetime of overwhelmingly superior Martial Arts experiences, benefits, and results.

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



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford

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