One

How many classes did you miss last year? 

How many times did you intend to go to class but didn’t for one reason or another?

Showing up to class consistently is the key to getting ahead in the martial arts.  Without consistency, you can’t get the knowledge you need.  Without the knowledge, you can’t practice correctly, and without practicing correctly, you can only move foreword at a snail’s pace.

JUST SHOW UP!

Most people have complex and involved lives.  Adults usually have work and sometimes school.  They have families including spouses and children.  They usually have multiple hobbies and so they have a lot of distractions and a lot of different people pulling at their time.  Likewise, children have school and homework that take up a lot of their time, and then they have friends, chores, and lots of various sports and activities. 

JUST SHOW UP!

So, how are you supposed to make it to karate class frequently and consistently?

The answer is to prioritize what is important to you, and do those things above the others.  If karate is a high priority for you, then adjust your other items so that they take a back seat when competing for your time. 

Our routines often dictate our schedule without us giving much consideration as to whether or not we should be doing it.  I would submit to you that you need to soul search what is important to you, and then prioritize those things.  Hopefully, karate is high on your list, and you will make a commitment to showing up consistently.

JUST SHOW UP!

Oh, and by the way, you might be thinking, why is the title of this article called, “One”? 

Well, that is the number of classes I missed all of last year.  I missed that 1 class because I had surgery that afternoon and was still under the effects of the anesthesia, otherwise I would have tried to come to that class and watch.  That is how important karate is to me.  I’m not saying this to impress you or to make you feel bad.  I am, however, telling you that if it is important to you, then you need to find a way to come to class as often as you can, especially if you don’t feel like it.  Excuses will not get you a blackbelt.  Hard work, a positive attitude, and continuous training will.

Think about your activities and prioritize.  If karate is important to you, then you should…JUST SHOW UP!

-Coach David-