Master of Arts
- Mar 17, 2003
- Reaction score
- Bellevue, Washington USA
How do you feel about students not taking the whole class?
I personally have zero problems if a student steps out of class or a drill for health or safety reasons. In fact, I actually appreciate it when students act responsibly in regards to their own health and self-care. It is a sign of maturity and that the student takes their responsibilities of training seriously.
Karatemom3 – I hope that you do not mind me sending you some encouragement. You have been training for 24 years (has it always been in Shotokan?). If your journey has been like most there have been high and lows during this period. If you take a moment and look at the bottom of your right bare foot – do you see an expiration date? How about the left foot LOL. You are still breathing, do you feel that inhaling and exhaling. What does that tell you? It tells me that your job here on Earth is not yet finished. God’s plan for you has not yet been completed. I do not have to tell you that not all lessons are easy or even obvious at the time of learning them and that not all ‘instructors’ are the black belt at the front of the formation. As a life-long learner who knows how to take care of herself you are/will be setting a positive example for the younger persons training alongside of you by not only knowing how to protect yourself but taking the harder step of actually doing it. That willingness to demonstrate in front of your peers, seniors, and other witnesses, your taking of that measure to step off the floor to take care of yourself might be the very lesson that protects a fellow student or even an instructor from injury or aggravating an injury into a permanent crippling injury.
Training, why do we do it? Obviously, because we still have lessons to learn, improvements to ‘master’. If you can train your art without aggravating or worsening your injuries even if you must train for shorter durations or in a different manner, then do so without guilt or embarrassment. If you do not think that you can adjust your art to fit your ‘new’ body or your new body to fit your art, you may wish to start exploring alternative arts and/or training methods. We live in a fantastic day, there are a plethora of arts to explore, and how exciting is that?!?
Good luck Karatemom3