Last week I commented on there not being an “Off” season when it come to martial arts training. This needs to be considered in regards to being continually vigilant and prepared to protect yourself  and others. This can seem like a tough duty…and it is. Those who truly are preparing themselves for this role don’t view it as anything but life, though. They wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

Hamming it up before training.

Hamming it up before training.

Yes, other interests are there but they only compliment what the martial artist is already doing. Training hard for unseen situations creates the family and brotherhood that makes all within the group prepared and successful.

At times, it can almost be forgotten that the training may save your life or someone else’s. The opportunity to push your limits, challenge yourself physically and mentally and help others brings great joy and happiness.

Learning from others within the group give a greater perspective on, not only, techniques but life. Hearing about the struggles and challenges that others have/had help build stronger connections with them plus may bridge to similarities in your life and help you get past a challenge.

My students come from a wide range of occupations. There is a DNR Botanist, a computer coding/applications engineer, an software developer for online education, a graduate student in Physics, a gunsmith/armorer, a business development consultant and a mechanical engineering student. This doesn’t mention the variety from our affiliated schools.

No one survived 2013 cuts on New Year's Day 2013!

No one survived 2013 cuts on New Year’s Day 2013!

In the end, we all come to train because it is our life. It is in everything that we do everyday. It helps give us a structure to be respectful and honorable to face the challenges that life has for us. It gives us the strength and courage to support others even as we fight through our own challenges and struggles.