I participated in a Shotokan workshop a few weekends ago hosted by The Martial Arts Club at UC Merced and instructed by Maivian Le. It was humbling, insightful, and ultimately, fun! Makes me want to train in a dojo again (which I will once I’m finished saving up).
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”
“I fear not the man who has practice 10,000 kicks once, but fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
When I train, I usually take my time learning about each movement. Every strike has a purpose, and once you understand what that purpose is, continue to practice it over, and over again.
More importantly, I’ve learned to move and strike with your core. I take this in a literal sense, as well as a philosophical sense.
Power comes from the core. When you drive your strikes from the center, you generate more energy, and more power. This is similar to your spirit. When you drive your actions from the heart, it has meaning, and a personal purpose from you; making your purpose in life something tangable. Building character is one in the same.
Train both the mind and the body, and always strive to improve.
Maivian Le performing Bassai Dai
Practicing stances. In Shotokan, the back leg is slightly bent in a forward stance!
Bassai Dai – Arm Lock
I’m looking forward to the next one 😉 Until then, train hard, friends!