Mastering Martial Arts
One day the master was approached by a new potential student. The student was inspired by the master's kungfu and came to see about joining the school. He immediately sought out the master and asked, "How long will it take me to accomplish such a high level of skill like you?" The master looked over the new arrival and quickly responded, "Ten years." The student was surprised and worried about such an answer. Ten years is a long time. He decided to ask another question. "What if I dedicate all of my training everyday towards this goal? I will train hard everyday, become a disciple, and follow all of the teachings that you provide. If I do all of this, than how long will it take?" The master seemed to ponder for a moment once again while looking at the new arrival. Then will the same resolution as the first answer, he responded, "20 years." --
This is a classic tale of the new eager student who is quick to undermine their own goals with aspirations of quick and easy learning. While the offer of hard training and dedication is something that every coach, teacher, or master looks for, it is an implicit offer. To say that one would offer to do so seems to imply that they were not offering it in the first place.
The story also touches on the note of how one student should seek to find their own path. A master will help with this process, but if your first goal is to be exactly like the master than it may take some time to shake you of that idea.
We must train to be better than we were yesterday. The tighter we try to grasp the future, the longer it may continue to be out of reach.
Young boys mimic a Soto Kan Karate lesson at Mamba Point Beach in Monrovia, Liberia. Instructor Solo Mbow (in red) initially learned karate in Mali and has been practicing for the last 15 years. His Malian student, Dao Sylla, who has been training for four months, loves the sport for its movement, non violence, and discipline. Photo by Jane Hahn @janehahn#Monrovia#karate#sport#discipline#masterandstudent#mali#iphone#janehahn ...