Hey family, Larry here… I am excited to announce that we have finally passed the 200 member mark before 8/1/2015. We are so grateful to all of you for becoming part of our martial arts family. Thank you for supporting us!
We have so much more to share with you. I get excited just thinking about it. Over the years I have seen people start their training and then after a short time they stop their training. By short I mean under 10 years. For me personally, I didn’t start really understanding what I was doing until I reached the 10 year mark. (I know people don’t want to hear that, but Kung Fu means hard work for a reason.)
It was around 10 years of training that I realized I didn’t know very much at all. I was just starting to scratch the surface. Even worse than that, I felt my skill was pretty lame. There was a few times I felt like just throwing in the towel. But I didn’t, because I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t ever quit my training. It was this promise to myself that kept me going, despite feeling like a failure.
I like many, was setting myself up for proverbial failure by thinking I should be at a certain place in a certain time. I needed to remove the expectations and just concentrate on the goal.
I knew that if I really wanted to become an expert, then I would have to do my martial arts for the rest of my life. What you have here with Enter Shaolin is the ability to plug into your training where you want, when you want and how you want. You won’t be like me scratching your head trying to remember what the lesson you just paid for was all about. You can go back and hit replay! How awesome is that?
My tip for you is this: Decide to make Kung Fu a part of your life, not a hobby, not something you are trying out… Make it a lifestyle. Training is like exercising, if you don’t do it, you loose the progress you made. Don’t lose it, keep using it, so one day it just becomes second nature to you, because you made it an extension of who you are.
One of the biggest obstacles that people face in their martial arts training is finding other people to train with. As you know, you can do 2/3 of your training solo and even if you have partners there is plenty you should be working on solo… It’s that other 1/3 that sensitivity, energy and pressure only another human being can help you with. Now you could get stuck on that 1/3 if you don’t have a partner or you could be concentrating on that 2/3, knowing when you are ready you’ll have a training partner.
Also know, we are working on some solutions for you here at Enter Shaolin to help you find other Enter Shaolin family member to train with. But lets say you don’t feel like waiting, and that’s okay. What you need to do is start attracting like minded individuals in your life who are dedicated to studying and learning Kung Fu. The question you have to ask yourself is are you attracting the right people into your life?
Finding people to train with could be as simple as going to park and doing your Qigong exercises or Tai Chi and attracting people who are curious about what you are doing.
You could be more aggressive and start posting in gyms, laundromats, craigslist, or any other place with billboards offline or online and let people know are looking for a training partner.
Jamie was telling one member about how they could create a meetup.com group to help attract like-minded individuals to create a training group.
Also wearing martial arts clothing can strike up conversations with strangers who might become great training partners. We are still in the process of getting our clothing line out, but after we have that up and you are wearing your Enter Shaolin clothing, that will certainly get people’s attention.
If you have a good attitude and mannerism about you, training partners will gravitate to you. Because here at Enter Shaolin we teach you how to understand energy. As long as you are adhering to the energy, your skill will increase. In fact your skill will increase with every single person you train with.
The reason is because everyone’s energy is different and over time as you train with different people your body will learn to adapt to different energies.
This is why Ngo Dac Na can be incorporated with any system of martial arts including no system of martial arts. We would love to hear about what obstacles you are facing in your training and how you are overcoming them. Let us know in the comments section below.
Here’s Your New Enter Shaolin Training:
Ngo Dac Na
Sifu Larry Rivera
& The Enter Shaolin Family