Shotokan Karate - Black Belt - Winners and Losers - Attitudes and Character.
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Never underestimate the character of the Karate-Ka who is prepared to invest time in self improvement and learns not to criticise others and makes the extra effort to work and study longer and harder than the next person, is this you?
1/4, YOU - There is nothing more humbling than loosing or taking a loss. Remember that old cliché’ “those who quit never win and those who win never quit”. To be great at something always requires the correct attitude, self discipline and the determination in their will to succeed, which in turn should bring a confidence of self belief in their own actions. Choose to have a go or not but remember it’s not what you do but how you approach it and ask your self do you really want to earn that Black belt? Winners get what they deserve in the long run – IMA.
A quote from William S Gilbert (18th November 1836-29th May 1911), “Losers visualise the penalties of failure – winners visualise the rewards of success”. William S Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. Learn more about William S Gilbert via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._S._Gilbert
2/4, YOUR ATTITUDE - Attitude is an important part of being a Black belt and no one likes a sore loser so congratulate the winner, pay attention to, and compliment good form and openly agree and admit to yourself that you may not know and understand as much as you thought. Maybe find out how, what, why and where they practice, what their attitude is towards training and being a Black belt. Learn to learn from them in any way (who knows it might work for you) instead of making a poke at them, or ignoring their progress, as this openly happens too much. Shotokan Karate and Martial Arts as a whole should bring us together not create distance and everyone has a little something to offer whilst creating the evolvement of the art. – IMA.
A quote from Thomas Jefferson (13th April 1743 – 4th JULY 1826), “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude form achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”. Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the 3rd President of the United States 1801 – 1809 and the principle author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Learn more about Thomas Jefferson via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson
3/4, LOOK AND REVEAL - Just because another person won the match, came first in the competition, completed their grading, develops an understanding of Karate and its movements etc before you, doesn't mean that they will win them all or simply “Always just get it first” it just means that they were the best at that time or just they were just right in the moment, right there, right then, so don’t give up and be patient - we are all different. Enjoy your individual journey, it’s yours, it’s your Karate.
As long as you are being truthful to yourself and giving your all in your efforts in all the things that you do, you will get what you deserve. In training, the “thing itself” will always reveal itself, eventually, if you look long and hard enough! Learn to forget about mistakes of past lessons, matches, tournaments, grading’s etc, learn from them and press on to things yet to come in the future, always! Everyone’s route and journey is different, except this and get on with yours! – IMA.
A quote from Steve P Jobs (24th February 1955 – October 5th 2011), “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”. Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs was an American entrepreneur, marketer and inventor, who was the co-founder and chairman of Apple Incorporated. Learn more about Steve P Jobs via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs
4/4, IS THIS YOU - It takes self-discipline in many areas of character, physicality and personality for example to be a good or even great Martial Artist and a Black belt should be just as happy about the successes of others as they are about their own. It shouldn’t matter what side you’re on, just be a great sport about it because everyone wants to win it’s a natural instinct from the past, but someone, sometimes, has to lose.
Maybe the loser will be the one who achieves through hard work and diligence on and off the mat and becomes the winner next time, maybe this is you? Never underestimate the character of the Karate-Ka who is prepared to invest time in self improvement and learns not to criticise others and makes the extra effort to work and study longer and harder than the next person, again, is this you? – IMA.
A quote from Robert Carlyle (5th December 1795 – 5th February 1881), “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak”. Robert Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era. Learn more about Robert Carlyle via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Carlyle