There's the 1000 Kick Workout, and then there's the monstrosity we experienced in the dojo last night. What. A. Grinder! One of the nice things about training in community is that we push one another...I call is a proper application of peer pressure.
There were several times last night when I wanted to wipe my brow or shake the sweat off of the tip of my nose...but I didn't. I wanted to keep my focus on the task at hand and ignore those little distractions. There were times I wanted to take an extra break. Those times when we want to quit, but don't...they empower everyone around you. Odds are, you're not the only one feeling that way, but persevering like that is like shining a light in a dark room. You give a way, an example, for those around you to follow.
Really, anytime we do something challenging, we are a light to those around us. Almost like one of those awesome lighthouses on the coast of New Jersey, we can offer hope and direction to a lost ship. In my opinion, that's one of the points of budo karate. We train incredibly hard in order to make ourselves better, strong people...not for our own sake, but so that we can be a blessing to others. Perfection of character through hard training for the benefit of our families and communities...that's what we are looking for!
Be a light today.