These summer campers are planning a SPECTACULAR demonstration for Friday!
Bok Fu Philosophy
It seems like this is an appropriate week for lots of Bok Fu Philosophy. I know there are many of you struggling with this exact concept right now. So take some time, read these words, and think about their true meaning.
Trust Your Teacher
“The relationship between teacher and student is the heart of Bok Fu Do. The trust between student and teacher is the lifeblood of Bok Fu Do. One cannot exist without the other. The heart pumps the blood – the blood feeds the heart. The relationship builds trust and trust strengthens the relationship. It all started that way for you when you first walked into one of the schools.
Today that trust is the linchpin that secures the relationship between you and your personal trainer…Your personal trainer is in your corner and is your biggest advocate. They sincerely want you to succeed and achieve your goals because they are investing part of their life into you. When they work with you they don’t give you fifty or seventy-five percent of their effort they give you their best effort. Don’t do less for them.
When your personal trainer or another black belt – or especially a Grandmaster or Master – offers you feedback, follow these steps to maximize learning – it’s a personal procedure that has always worked for me:
1. Empty your cup – This means sheathing your ego. Ego blockage is the number one killer of learning – especially in martial arts. It also means eliminating all the waste product in your brain so that any and all preconceived ideas do not clog the channels for learning. This is the single most important step you must take if you want to fully capitalize on the comments you receive.
2. Put on your thinking cap – Don’t allow your mind to stray during instruction. One moment of not paying attention could add months or even years to your goal of earning your black belt. Your perception of what you are being taught will become your reality when you go to practice. If your mind strays, your perceptions will alter and you will lose crucial elements of your instruction. Therefore, your practice will become incomplete or even incorrect.
3. Listen – Pay attention to exactly what your teacher tells you because it is specific to what you need. This takes extraordinary focus and diligence on your part not to miss any detail. You must bring into play the full force of your concentration. Ask questions if you aren’t totally clear on what to do. Sadly, most students are busy listening to the chatter in their head instead of digesting the pertinent details from their teacher. The best listener often develops into the best leader.
4. Do exactly what you were instructed to do – Take your instruction to heart and incorporate the feedback into your practice exactly as you were instructed. Do it immediately if humanly possible and don’t stray. Understand there are three components involved – mind, body and spirit. This is the step that separates the men from the boys, the women from the little girls. This is also the step I see students almost always miss and is why we say there are some things that just take time.
5. Experience it – Test your new skills in all areas of your training. Don’t slip back into old habits – that is the mark of a lazy and undisciplined mind. Execute your movements with a new mind and fresh spirit. Unless you can make your new skills work in real world application, they will remain unrealized gains.
Remember these concepts the next time you find yourself bouncing around in your own head. Allowing your thoughts to ricochet randomly inside your skull will leave you figuratively concussed. The more negative your thoughts, the more damage done. In going for a Richard Lee Black Belt you are going to experience frustration and disappointment. You will at times feel confused and overwhelmed, heartbroken and defeated. Do not make decisions and do not trust what you are thinking during such times. Otherwise, it will quite possibly result in a permanent decision to a temporary problem. It is wise to let cooler heads prevail. Step back, take a deep breath and reset the game. When you reboot, seek advice from your teachers but only when you are ready to hear what they will tell you. Let me say that one more time: only when you are ready to hear what they will tell you. Do not seek council if you are not prepared to heed your teacher’s advice because that would be missing the entire point of this writing. So the next time you feel the agony of defeat or taste the bitterness of frustration, reread this writing and remember: Trust your teachers, they will not lead you astray. Trust the system, it is substantial and proven.
Now, empty your cup and begin again.”
Bok Fu Fitness
10 pass throughs with staff
10 overhead horse stance squats (holding staff above head)
10 push ups
3 Rounds for total reps
1 Minute Bok Fu Burpees
1 Minute Horse Stance Squats with medicine ball throw
1 Minute Mountain Climbers
1 Minute V Ups
5 minutes belt stretching