One of the things that I love so much about karate is that it’s always challenging.Â Just when you feel like you are getting somewhere, you realise that there is so much more to learn.Â For some people, this can be all too much, so they throw in the towel and try something else before they even get started.
Here is a short video that one of our mentors sent to us which highlights the importance of perseverance.
Many of the black belts that I have seen come through the ranks were not naturally talented, gifted athletes or anything more than “average” people when they first started.Â To use myself as an example, I actually remember quite clearly when I started training as a child, it took me about 18 months to be able to co-ordinate my body to step and do a gyaku zuki (reverse punch), I just couldn’t do it.Â But I trained every week and gradually got better and better until I was able to do it, and I never looked back.
Of course perseverance doesn’t just apply to learning martial arts, it can be applied to any endeavour. But it is one essential quality in all great people.
By the way, you can get an e-book version of the book mentioned in the video clip, Think And Grow Rich – By Nepoleon Hill, for just $0.99 from our online store.