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.
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!
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”
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
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.