Sifu Jeremy Norris

Junior Student’s Corner

It is said that within every journey one must take a step back in order to move forward. In a sense this can be summed up to, everyone must fail to succeed. In terms of our Kung Fu journey we must look at what roadblocks may come our way and overcome them.

The roadblock of not being able to do a technique. Many of us seem to come by this one all too often. Perhaps in class you are learning something new, but you just can’t seem to wrap your head around it. What we need to avoid doing in this situation, is getting in our heads. You do not want to think “I can’t do this” or “this is too difficult”. What you want to do is stay positive and keep trying. Yeah, maybe you still don’t get the move, but at least you tried.

The roadblock of failing an evaluation. Now this roadblock may look different to some people. Yes, it could very well mean not being successful in earning your next rank, or for others this could just mean not getting your form stripe or even not getting to learn more in your form. Whatever the case is, the same rules apply. This is the classic example of learning from our failures. If you wonder why you did not succeed, ask your instructors. Don’t be afraid to ask, and then learn from it. The biggest mistake a student can make is not improving on their failures.

For junior and youth students, the roadblock may be not moving into the same classes as your friends. Now within Kung Fu we tend to train with a specific group of people. This group we stay close with and move through the ranks with, but what happens when it’s time for them to move up and not you? Well in this situation we must think about our individual journeys. Yes, it is important to have those training partners, but everyone moves at their own rate. We must realize this and understand that just because someone else is ready to move up doesn’t mean you are.

When looking at the journey we take in Kung Fu there are many roadblocks that one will hit. Some will be small, and some will be big. It is what we do in these situations that are key to our evolution. To keep the solution simple, we can say that one must keep an open-minded approach and evolve to each situation ahead of them. If keeping this mindset applied each roadblock met will be overcome.