The second thing is a little battle that goes on in your mind, when it hurts and you want to stop - Your mind says its easy to stop and just say something hurt or your to tired to continue - That is when you know your pushing to the limit, and that is where you need to be, as that's where medals are won and dreams and goals come true.
This is where I believe years of Karate from a young age have benefited me massively without even realizing it at the time, all those years of a disciplined approach to training and the relentless sessions in Dojos all over the world prepared my mind and body for where it needs to be today.
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How hard we trained and how much respect I had for all my Sensei. I used to fear so many of them, but at the same time I would work so hard for them and try my hardest to impress each of them. There was sessions where you would almost have to crawl out of the Dojos. Both mind and body bruised. Sensei Kato was my head instructor and a very hard trainer who always pushed me right to the limits. He like all Japanese Sensei carried a presence about them that would make you work so hard and push your mind and body past its limits.
It has hit me hard and is a reminder of what surgery has done to me as I will never be able to step into a dojo and train again like I did all those years ago.
Someone I competed alongside and was one of my Sensei prepared a very informative article on Kumite preparation and I would like to share a part of it with you as I feel it was something I did through rehab without even thinking about it, and it has relevance to how we live our lives and especially if we are trying to reach goals and dreams.
Sensei Alan Campbell:Right Practice is when every movement, your posture, and focus, in training occupies 100% of your attention. Right Practice is performing a known task in a known application with an understanding of the focus and goal. It is actually detrimental to repeat a technique incorrectly.
Practice is like this, you must see, hear, and feel each technique. Do this with confidence, and it becomes the choice. Then you are discovering correct practice. And just as the body is trained by a system of practice, so too must the mind be trained through practice. Right Practice that trains the processes of mind constitutes a discipline of mindThis approach to rehab from Injury, Illness or even just daily training and life is how we were trained in Karate and without even been aware of it, I still carry that approach with me even though I have not been in a dojo since 1999. Osu.