It’s been awhile due to the fact that my old laptop’s logic board went belly up. I ended up having to buy a new laptop and this time I purchased a MacBook and it seems to be a great laptop and suited to the needs of the martial arts business that I’m trying to build up here in Canada.
A few things have happened since the laptop crashed. I have extended classes at the Legends Community Centre through the end of April and just finished a 6 week self defense course for senior citizens that was successful. I’ve been asked to teach another 6 week course starting in mid April or thereabouts. In addition, I’ve been back to Ottawa a couple of times to teach Modern Arnis seminars and have also traveled to Detroit for additional training with Master Chuck Gauss and look forward to more training.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the issue of personal development through the martial arts. Let’s face it, the odds of using martial arts in a self defence situation is small…..even smaller if one uses common sense, situational awareness, environmental awareness and a philosophy of conflict avoidance.
What, then, is the purpose of martial arts ? Whether it be through competition, the joy of hard training or perfection of movement, it really boils down to personal development. It boils down to how far you can push yourself physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Can you do one more pushup ? Can you do that kata/form/anyo better ? Can you gather the energy to do a half hour solo workout ? Those are the questions confronting those who practice martial arts.
This is not to take away the fact that we all want to be prepared when that self defense situation arises and we need to use those skills we have acquired in order to defend ourselves.