When you look around the mats in your next class, I really want you to make sure and try to make everyone feel welcome and without being the “weird person”.. take a moment to appreciate your training partners. I sometimes think this is commodity that people take for granted. Its easy for everyone to talk about their instructor’s etc.. but I would have to say that although your instructor plays an important role in your development, so does the several other people in the room.
Your training partners can have a bigger impact on your training and life than even your instructor. Not only are they also there day in and day out chasing the same vision you are… they are there helping you get better too. They are also there, often being a supportive friend when things are tough in other areas of your life. They rejoice in your success and feel the pain of your losses. They really do become an extended family. I am positive that like me, you miss them when you don’t see them around for a week or so. And When they finally come back to class, well of course you rib and maybe tease them a little… but you are sooo happy to see them. Your training and your overall martial arts experience would not be the same without them. I have literally had friends for over 2 decades who share a common passion of martial arts.
So I am sitting here and as I write this, thinking of so many people… I can truly say I miss a lot of people. I see that some training partners (from literally 20 plus years ago) are still training, and training with the same passion that I remember us having when we were in our late teens. It is awesome to see. I see people who may not train anymore but they were such awesome people, I am sure they left a huge impact on everyone who they crossed paths with in life. Of course, I also think of the few friends in our martial arts community that we have lost of the years.. those ones hurt the most.
This blog was not meant to be sad.. rather the exact opposite. Tomorrow, (or tonight if you are reading this Monday)… Go to your martial arts academy, train hard but most importantly laugh, have fun and connect with your team while we all try to self improve. Enjoy the friendships your training partners bring. That is all that matters.
See you on the mats!
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