Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Making Time

Eighty percent of success is showing up. - Woody Allen

A teacher once said to me that all competitors are winners no matter what happens. Just by showing up they've already proven themselves. Once while attending a dinner party for the fifteenth anniversary of a local karate school, a high ranking instructor stood up and remarked "Sometimes 'discipline' is just getting to the dojo." Training is tough at times, no doubt, but just making the appearance can be a daunting task.

Everyone has a busy life. If you have a family, a career, and various responsibilities, life can indeed be burdensome. It's easy to say "I don't have time to train with everything that's going on." And every time you let it go, it just gets easier and easier to say that. But if you can slip in just one training session a week, you'll be better off.

Admit it, you can make time for that!



Blogger Charles James said...

True shugyo is getting up every single day and doing it...True shugyo for the fighting arts is training daily, every day...

10:57 AM  
Blogger John Vesia said...


Many people work two jobs, pick up their kids at school and put dinner on the table. And they manage to do this every day. That's their version of "true shugyo."

The point of my article was for the dedicated enthusiast with a hectic schedule to at least maintain training when possible - whether at the dojo or even at home - just so their passion for the martial arts doesn't fizzle completely.

If you can train daily, that's great. But not everyone has the luxury or available time (or desire/energy) to train every single day. And in some cases doing so could be detrimental in the long run. The key word is balance.

Here's a pertinent article, Charles. I thought your response was very good.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Budd said...

great post. It is much easier to get up and go to the dojo/dojang than to train at home in my experience.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Rick Matz said...

This is one of the points to my annual Lenten Challenge.

9:37 PM  
Blogger . said...

A great post John. It is hard to fit training in around your life sometimes - so many things pulling us in so many directions. Since I started my karateka journey I've discovered that even when I'm not physically training (although I do train in the dojo twice a week) I still find myself "mentally" training at every available opportunity. Whenever there's a spare mental minute in the day I find myself thinking of Kata or forms or Kihon. My body might be some place else but my mind is invariably in the dojo whenever it can be!


5:13 AM  
Blogger John Vesia said...

Thanks Budd.

Personally I enjoy the atmosphere and camaraderie of dojo training myself.

Thanks Marie.

I've practiced kata in my head many times! It works. Thanks for visiting.

11:23 AM  
Blogger BSM said...

Two seems to be my realistic limit. I'd hit Saturday mornings at the school but it's too hard to get up and drive back in.

I do practice and exercise at home on the weekends. Not the same thing but it should still count for something!

8:41 AM  
Blogger John Vesia said...


I think two classes/wk. is average for the majority. I used to like the Saturday morning class at my old school before it closed down.

I do train at home quite a bit now. It does count for something but like you say, it's not the same.

10:38 AM  

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