Monday, March 3, 2014

Ego Prevents Growth and Development

In class today, I was surprised to watch and see how some of my advanced students were performing in class. It isn't an easy process to continue to grow and improve for students, after they have developed skills and tactics/training in other systems, but it is possible to grow and evolve, change and improve in all aspects of ones' studies. The key is letting go of preconceived notions, and following the instruction that is happening in class.

Today, one student was dominating another student. The student clearly became frustrated and reverted to a lesser and poorer level of response, that clearly wasn't helping him contend with the attacks of his senior. The senior FAILED to react and track his partner's frustration, continuing his onslaught of his helpless victim. THAT didn't help the situation. As a result, the one student FAILED to see what he was doing wrong, and the other student was unable to improve, because now their training became fragmented and they were no longer able to work effectively together.

I'd invested some money in purchasing different weapons for class, and was hoping to take our training to a higher level. A level that can only be achieved by safe and effective partner practice. However, in observing what took place in recent weeks, I realize, that while they guys have gotten better, their egos get in the way of continued growth. It is understandable to want to hold onto skills and training derived elsewhere. But, when attending class HERE, sometimes it is a good thing to remember they are here to learn. Hopefully to continue to improve, not with repeated processing they already know, but to apply their learning to new variables and continued challenges.

Students sometimes forget that, even though I have over 40 years of training in different arts, that I continue to learn and attend OTHER arts/classes, and I grow and learn, and assimilate and participate effectively in other environments with an open and fresh perspective.

Let go of ego when training. Learning is an interactive process. Try to share, be willing to invest in loss, don't always just be thinking of what is going on inside of your own head, but be aware of the others around you as well. We create our environment within an environment. Learning to improve isn't that difficult if we are willing to go beyond our ego's immediate needs.

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