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Time for a moment of self-reflection.

When was the last time you did something new? Came out of your comfort zone?

If you think about it, are you doing the same old thing, day in, day out?

Has it come to the point of just comfortably killing time until you die? You don’t think so?

Kung Fu is the microcosm of your life. It is a tool for change and a mirror for self-examination.

You might think that you are improving, but if you are honest, are you just getting better at doing the same thing, when you should be doing better things?

Have you let your training drift? Are you just turning up to class, leaving your progress up to your instructor?

But we both know that’s not how it works.

Take responsibility. Your improvement, or the lack thereof, is up to you. Your instructor can only give you the key. You are the one who has to turn it, open the door and walk through.

Not sure how to start making changes? Start in your Kung Fu. Let life imitate art.

Set a date. Make a commitment to yourself. At least one training camp each month. A date on which you’ll grade. Then it’s up to you to make sure you’re good enough.

Does your stance need to get stronger? Do you need to get more flexible? Do you need more core strength? Do you have a particular movement that you know you are rubbish at? Then what are you doing about it? Don’t know what to do? You know who to go and ask!

Don’t just let the months drift by without those commitments, or months will become years without you even noticing.

Forcing progress in your Kung Fu will start the changes happening. Things will start to move elsewhere. Life imitates art.