More than likely at some point in your training you will start to question whether or not you are making progress. It can especially feel that way when you are training with someone who has more skill than you.
You can also feel you aren’t progressing, if your skill level is low and your training partners aren’t allowing you to practice on your techniques. In order for you to really grasp a technique, you need to practice it slow and soft before increasing the pressure gradually as your skill increases.
Another problem is assuming that the person you are training with is consistently training themselves, there is a good chance you will never “catch up” to their skill level especially if they are seasoned. Because even though you keep progressing your partner is also getting better, which makes it hard to gauge your progress.
This goes for teachers as well. A good teacher is a good student. What I mean by this is that everyone you train with regardless of their skill level, there is a chance for you to learn.
As Martial Artists, we are always in a constant state of learning and growing and sometimes those growth spurts are small and frequent and other times they are large and spaced out.
So Don’t Let Your Frustration Beat You
If you are sincerely training whether daily or a few times a week, if you are consistent, then you are making progress every time you train. Every time you practice your forms, you are making progress. Every sparring session increases your understanding. As long as you stay consistent throughout the years your skill will continue to increase. Every year you will be better than the year before.
Remember, you are what you do. A true martial artist is always striving to be their best selves. Don’t just practice martial arts, make it a part of your very existence.
Every day you wake up is a new day for you to be better than the day before. Don’t let frustration and other negative thoughts and feelings take over your mind.
Ultimately it is you who chooses your destination…
& The Enter Shaolin Family