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The Wooden Floor.
In 'Old School' Karate. Especially Okinawan Karate Styles of yesterday, all training was done on the wooden floor if possible. ( I say if possible because for a time much of my training was done on concrete. Yes concrete. Finger Pushups, Knuckle PushUps, Japanese Push Ups, Abdominal movements, Stretching all on concrete.) The wooden floor allows for more of a 'raw' training experience, which can be transferred to other arenas. Here we are taking a look back to when I had my small Dojo going off University Parkway in Sarasota. I primarily focused on a Youth Karate Class, an Adult Karate Class, and Private or Semi Private Training Sessions.
I do miss working with individuals who wanted to train hard and seek new levels of performance. From my perspective all I was doing was helping them achieve new levels of understanding. For me that is what Martial Arts has been since 1980'ish. It was a means for me to view the world, translate it, and learn how to function within this world. However, it meant many, many discomforts. Those are an entire small dissertation alone. As I see our society today, most individuals are not that. They do not function as individuals. They are followers for the most part. Kind like sheep. It takes mental fortitude to be your own person in this world and much of the time go against the grain.
Are you working on yourself? Are you trying to become better each day? Are you training on the wooden floor in life? Getting thrown down on it? Being pushed down on it? Hitting it hard? And yet you get back up? Are you a follower? How much free time do you have? What do you do with that free time?
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