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!
I teach a reg once a week class - shared Dojo - Juniors by the way up to age 16. I also - when I can - travel 90 mins for a 90 min class and then it’s about 90 mins back depending on traffic - I do this once a week with a RBSD Group.
For the past few years, even leading up to my 3rd Dan grading last year, the Karate Club I am with are not in line with my thinking. Although I am getting Iain to do a Seminar next year, the lack of interest from my own association is shocking. I don't really want to into too much detail incase they are on here as well! Because of this and the fact that the Karate I was being shown, didn’t really fit in with what I was doing with Iain and the WCA, I started doing an Instructor course with a RBSD group. Now this group is really friendly and I have progressed through their system to a point where I am about 6-9 months away from completing their Instructor Course. This was due to me thinking I was going to open my own club etc with them.
In regards to opening a Dojo, I originally wanted to open one up with my Karate club, where I could teach my own way, Bunkai, WCA stuff but also grade my students under the Karate Association. I have now canned this idea as the politics is getting to me. The class I train in can usually have about 30-40 adults in it, but there are only a handful – say 5 that I have time for, I look at the others and find that some have been graded to Black Belt just because it’s a case of ‘will they get any better‘or that they think that I am too moody to talk to. It’s because of the lack in standards is why I am moody and people do not train serious enough!
My problems have started because since I injured my shoulder, I have now not trained for the past 6 odd months. It’s been on/off. Maybe once a week if that, sometimes it’s not even that.
I am becoming more frustrated because I can’t row, gym or karate or even go to the RBSD. I am so fed up with travelling early 3 hrs to do a 90 min class, just once a week.
On a side note, I have completed the Instructor course under the WCA and completing Bunkai with Iain. And although I am interested in Bunkai etc, where I would train – Karate club – nobody apart from 1 maybe 2 really want to know. So there is no way in knowing if what I know works. That is why I go down the RBSD club, but I am finding it hard to do the distance each week. I am now not going if my shoulder gets bad at work or if my stomach starts to play up – I suffer with many injuries and with IBS something rotten! And I don’t think people realise this when they train with me. At the RBSD a lot of them are 20 yrs younger than me!
I am hoping something will change, whether that’s inside me or whether the shoulder gets better. I am hoping too that people on here will not see this as winging too much but will see the problems of trying to train in an Association with a Karate Club that’s has no interest in what I want to do and a RBSD club that is 90 mins away sometimes maybe even 2 hrs because of the traffic. The Karate Club, I know is not mine, so trying to change 5 or so 4th Dans because I am stroppy will not get me anywhere. I do know I only have a few options: stay and put up, leave and go to the RBSD club or leave both and do my own thing.
What do others think?