One must make the warrior walk his everyday walk

One must make the warrior walk his everyday walk

The warrior walk

You can’t be interested in the martial arts for very long without hearing the name, Miyamoto Musashi. He was an expert swordsman and is believed to have fought over 60 duels without ever losing. But when Musashi made this statement, I don’t believe he was referring to combat…

This past Saturday, we held our Summer Black Belt testing. At the end of the examination one of the students receiving their 1st Degree Black Belts, Mr. Anthony Miller, made a fantastic comment. I am paraphrasing here, but what he said was that he was proud of how his performance went during the test, and he looked forward to showing up on Monday for class and performing again. To him, the test wasn’t a special moment where it was okay to give his best effort, he sees the importance of giving that kind of effort day in and day out.

Everyday is a new challenge that requires your best effort, because that’s how improvement is made. And this kind of thinking shouldn’t apply only to the mats, but to the rest of our lives as well. That’s what Musashi was talking about… that you can’t have your normal “day to day walk” and then a separate, “everybody’s watching me I have to try harder walk”. We can’t be one person when we’re at the dojang and another person with our friends. We have to take every single step as a warrior no matter how small or insignificant that step may be. Whatever your ideals are, strive to meet them each and every day.

You’ll never experience your true potential if you only begin training hard a few weeks before a tournament or a few days before a test. The real growth comes on the days when you have nothing to really train for. These are the days when you get to simply train for yourself… and that’s who you should really be training for anyway. I can’t tell you how many people have told me they wanted to quit because they weren’t as good as someone else, or because someone else does better than them in competition. If that’s what you’re training for then you do not understand the purpose of the martial arts.

So treat everyday as if it were a test… on the mats, in school, at work, and at home. And walk every step of this life as a warrior.

See you on the mats!

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