Working towards becoming successful at anything is difficult. If it wasn’t, it likely wouldn’t be worth the time and energy. But, no matter how desperately you want to be successful in any endeavour, it is clear that the path isn’t always simply laid out straight in front of you.
Give me sparring any day. I would rather do it than hit pads, or the heavy bag or even learn new techniques. For many people though sparring is really just about winning, about beating an opponent, for me, sparring is so much more.
Calling myself a martial ARTIST in my industry of modern martial arts gets a bad wrap. When you mention that you are a martial ARTIST to the new hyper-competitive or reality based self defence crowd, they immediately think of guys running around in white PJ’s practicing tradition or doing kata. If you are brave enough to say that you are not into competing, or that self-defence really isn’t your primary goal for training, expect to be labeled a fraud, a poser, a wannabe. How did we get to this sad state of affairs?