Self-Development

Motivation, inspiration, encouragement and self-development. The forum for all those who are bettering themselves and their lives.

Dash3's picture

Study splits (academic/physical)

How much of your study of martial arts is devoted to "academic" (for want of a better term) versus physical practice?

I reckon in any given week, I put in six hours of training between classes and solo practice (this does not include workouts that are not martial arts based, like lifting or running) and around 4 hours of reading books (like Iain's), watching instructional videos (like Iain's), and engaging in discussion, either with training partners or on this forum.

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Wastelander's picture

Helped Autistic Girl with her Talent Show

Hello, everyone,

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tubbydrawers's picture

Injury has caused motivation slack

hi all,

I have read other people's posts of the motivation side of things and not wanting to tack onto theirs, I created my own.

I am in a position of where I have damaged my shoulder to a point now that after having 2 cortisone injections and in the middle of physio I seem to have lost my motivation for training. Let’s go for a brief summary!

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Scientific study finds karate is good for the elderly

Hi All,

Fellow BCKA instructor Ally Whytock has shared a recent (21 September 2015) scientific paper with me called: “Comparing the effectiveness of karate and fitness training on cognitive functioning in older adults—a randomized controlled trial

Here is the link to the paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254615000939

The study looked at 89 adults with an average (mean) age of 70.

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Matthew_Eastwood's picture

My understanding of karate

Im no artist, but i attempted to summarise much of my understanding of Karate in a single diagram.

I hope the metaphor(s) don't get lost in translation!

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Leigh Simms's picture

Lesson to learn in both Karate and Life

Hi Guys,

Just want to share some thoughts regarding self-improvement and success and how the philosophy of Sensei Itosu can be applied to life as well as Karate.

"Karate cannot be quickly learned. Like a slow moving bull, it eventually travels a thousand leagues. If one trains diligently for one or two hours every day, then in three or four years one will see a change in physique. Those who train in this fashion will discover the deeper principles of karate" - Sensei Itosu 1908

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A Mini Epiphany

A lot can happen in a short space of time.

Im young, 23 and fresh out of university. I obtained my 1st Dan in Shotokan karate about a year and a half ago, and now the sensei in my university club has just left the rest of us in a lurtch, and I am one of the few who can stand up and attempt to teach my club. But that is irrelevant, just background.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

My favorite Funakoshi quote

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Iain Abernethy's picture

The 13th Warrior: Grow Stronger

One of my favourite lines from the movie “The 13th Warrior”:

Herger gives Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan a Viking sword

Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: “I cannot lift this.”

Herger: “Grow stronger.”

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Martial arts illustrated/combat magazine hall of fame

Hi

does anyone have any information on these "hall of fame" awards?

im pretty sure some of you have recieved these accolades and I wanted to know what the deal is?

i have seen some (not from the ones listed in the title specifically) where it seems you pay and you join so it is therefore a marketing excercise or a way to pat yourself on the back! 

are any of them "legitimately" awarded by a panel or vote etc (like an oscar or bafta if you like)

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