A Different MindsetA Zen Thing . Quotes . State of Mind . Training notes
“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” —Mark Twain
In life we are told and taught to be prepared. Mark Twain’s quote states the obvious, no one knowingly gets up in front of a crowd to speak without preparing! We prepare for everything from presentation to disasters. But what about Karate? Do you prepare to defend yourself? Honestly, the best you can do is practice and practice some more. Because unlike a test or a speech, a fight is dynamic, you must rely on instinct and the skills you have practice and hope they are enough. I guess that is the reality we don’t like to admit, you can never be to prepared and you will never know if you are prepared enough! Some would take that as license to never prepare, which of course is pure folly. Some will try to prepare for every possible situation, again pure folly, since I am pretty sure the chances are pretty small I will be fighting a bus load of midget ninja’s any time soon!
The moral of the story is prepare, train, but relax. If you are training well, when the time comes you will handle any situation with a grace and skill, that will surely surprise you; since I guarantee, you will not have trained or prepared for the situation you encounter!
Train hard, train often!
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