Sifu Jeremy Norris

Junior Student’s Corner

by Sifu Jeremy Norris

As we head back to the kwoon and begin to train in-person again, many aspects of our Kung Fu training are different. The class sizes are smaller, there is limited training space, and social distancing protocols make it difficult for us to train normally. With all these new challenges in our way goal setting and managing our success and failures is more important now than ever!

A goal can be defined as an obstacle or personal feat that challenges and makes an impact on one’s journey. In layman’s terms a goal is something that challenges us to be a better version of ourselves. Creating a goal does not just mean that we choose something that can be accomplished easily, it means to challenge ourselves so that we can grow. Now, you may be thinking this is where we talk about how to achieve your goals…wrong! Here are some tips that will help you create goals that will improve your Kung Fu.

To create attainable goals, we must look at what is dealt in front of us and look at areas where we can improve. Making this relevant to our times, we can look at the area we train in as an example. We train in a limited space, with only a few feet to practice. If you were to set a goal of “I want to get better at point sparring”, that would be unattainable with our recent circumstances. On the other hand, if you were to say, “I want to get better at sparring techniques”, that goal is attainable. By practicing ¾ stance drills and asking questions, you can improve your sparing techniques. This is a perfect example of looking at our current circumstances to create an attainable goal.

It is important when creating our goals to understand the differences between long-term and short-term goals. Our long-term goals are the big accomplishments and achievements that are made up of a bunch of smaller, short-term goals. If we take our Kung Fu curriculum as an example then it could be said that the achievement of your next rank would be your long-term goal, whereas all your forms and other requirements you must learn are your short-term goals. Now, it is easy to look at a long-term goal and say, “yeah I will get to that”, but it crucial to create for yourself smaller goals that will help you reach that bigger goal! Think of it like a tower, you can’t get to the top without smaller steps. Those steps are crucial, without them you will never reach your goal.

As you look to improve your Kung Fu while we return to the kwoon, I challenge you to create one long-term goal. Then create three short-term goals that will help you get there. Remember it is one thing to say you are going to do something versus actually doing it; goals help us get there.