New Student: when will you quit?

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  1. banshee Ian Williams

    banshee Ian Williams White Belt

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    Think it through, and finish the sentence. Quitters never quit, add the word, quitting. Meaning, once you start quitting you'll never stop

    Confidential confusion breeds the corruption of communication. Meaning, keeping the meaning or 'interpretation' to yourself ruins the meaning that you are trying to get across.
     
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  2. Bill Mattocks

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    I think I understand, but I do not speak in rhyming couplets. Mostly just English and Bad English.
     
  3. banshee Ian Williams

    banshee Ian Williams White Belt

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    Simple talk is the invisible frock.

    Meaning, everyone understands the points you try to say, whether they are simple or easily confused, but there is a deeper meaning to all words and conversation.

    I have to get ready for my Tae-kwon-do class, I'll be back later.
     
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  4. Bill Mattocks

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    I am happy to say that I am still training. From white belt to 2nd degree black belt, it's been a heck of a journey.

    That's me, before I even owned a gi.

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    Here I am now.

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    Keep training. It's the only secret there is.
     
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  5. Rmada

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    No offense Bill, but you kinda look like a 15yr old girl with a pony tail in the first pic.;)

    All kidding aside, thanks for sharing your journey!
     
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    I was young when I quit taekwondo after attaining my green belt. Now I am much older and facing serious health issues. I want to turn things around.
    I think that intimidation was a part of my reason for leaving. A little bullying. Sparring sessions being taken too seriously. I have always regretted not approaching my instructor about how I felt instead of just not going anymore.
     
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    See, karate makes a man out of you.
     
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    It's not too late to start again, While TKD may be a bit much for you depending on your circumstances, there is something out there waiting for you that will be a perfect fit.
    I'm sorry that you are having health issues, and I'm sorry if this sounds
    a bit clich'e, but getting yourself back into a good MA will do wonders for your body, mind and spirit.
     
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  9. Kenneth

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    Thank you very much! I am considering aikido and taichi to start with. Taekwondo will always have a place in my heart though.
     
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  11. McBryde Mats

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    This was a great read, thanks for posting it... I think the black belt that quits really didnt deserve it in the first place, but then again, every circumstance is different for the individual, what about a practitioner that quit from a bad injury?... just throwing it out there, but great read, thanks
     
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    The vast majority of martial artists, even reasonably accomplished ones (including black belts), will quit training at some point in their lives. Only a few of us are "lifers". Even for those of us who fit in to that category, you can't know for sure until we reach the end of our lives. I've been training for 35 years and plan to continue indefinitely, but maybe I'll feel differently when I'm 75.

    If someone puts in the time and effort to meet the requirements for a black belt in their system, then they've earned it - even if they don't continue on training to the grave.
     
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    Heal up and get back at it. In whatever capacity their injury permits. We have many inspirational stories of blind, amputee, and others who train. I personally know of a young man with Down Syndrome who recently earned his black belt after MANY years of dedicated training. If he can do it...and dedicate himself to it...
     
  14. Bill Mattocks

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    Well, I have been breathing all my life. I'm kind of tired of it. Think I've earned the right to call myself a breather, whether I keep breathing or not. Think I'll quit doing it.

    ;)

    Martial Arts training is life. Just keep training. There is no real alternative.
     
  15. KenpoMaster805

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    I think some student quit the 1st day because they cant handle the excercise basic or the technique is hard for them or they dont like the karate studio

    the black belt quit because they receive their black belt and they think their done but its just a beginning
     
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    Great reading.
    The fact that we can prevent of quit by remembering this reasons makes this reading great.
     
  17. Tony B

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    I'm going to offer a different perspective. I joined a Dojo to learn Krav and Jeet Kune Do a few years back. I did pretty well, it was tough but I stuck with it for four plus years. I never asked when I would be getting my Black Belt because I saw it as a journey, not a destination. One Saturday I go to the dojo, get out on the mat and begin my stretches, I'm the only one there so far, and this black belt comes in with his girlfriend who is a student, and they start rolling around the floor tickling each other and laughing and kissing. Now it's only me and them in the dojo, and the Sifu walk through and doesn't say anything to them. I packed my bag and never went back. It doesn't bother me that I didn't go back, what bothers me it that I just stopped, didn't join another Dojo, and just called it a day.
     
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    you could be a different black belt which students can learn respect to MA by just looking at your behavior.
    but of course in a different gym and another shifu.

    you still can do this.
     
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    That's why I'm visiting the site, I enjoyed the kickboxing and Wing Chun aspects of Krav and Jeet, so I'm considering either art as a change. I've been away for about 2 years.
     
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    kudos 2 whoever wrote this.
     

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