“Training Direction,” by Budo Bum

“We go to the dojo and train. Ok, so what does that get us? We will show improvement in return for making the choice and effort to go practice. This can only be a good thing. As an American, anything that gets me up and active has to be counted an improvement. Going to the dojo to train means getting some kind of instruction in your art and being able to practice it. That’s good, but relying on the teacher to provide all of the direction in your training makes for weak, inefficient training and slow progress.”

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  1. …early on i discovered jo & bokken. at a certain point i moved to Lake Tahoe where training partners were rare and discovered asotei (assumed partner) practice. the dojo is good for the companionship as well as the exercise. it’s also easier for most people to make training a scheduled event. i once heard that “kung fu” means “free time”, as in what the Shaolin monks did when there wasn’t anything else that needed doing. my Chinese students tell me that’s not so (& one was born near Shaolin), but still i find it a good paradigm for keiko. yes, every day there are times (like before bed) that i’m more likely to train, but what if i’m waiting for something or somebody. is there room to exercise?

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