- ACCEPT NO
- The only
road to travel
- It has often been said,
"there is no substitute for excellence".
- But where does excellence
- What drives us to create
excellence in some things, and not in others?
- Is the drive external?
- Do we only put out the
required effort to be "good", "great",
or "excellent", when someone else is motivating
us to do so?
- Or is the drive internal?
- Is excellence a by-product
of the forces we exert upon ourselves to do those things
that we think are worth while, and to do them at such a
level, that others can not help but notice the time, the
effort, and the quality, that went into what we have
- Perhaps excellence needs
- Perhaps all of our relevant
internal forces, and those added external forces, need to
come together and work in perfect harmony before
excellence can exist in any form.
- That can be particularly
true as far as karate-do is concerned.
- If you have been training
karate for any length of time you will undoubtedly be
aware that trying to "push yourself" while
training alone in an empty dojo takes a tremendous amount
of desire, drive, and will power. Yet the results for
most of us seldom approach the same level of performance
that we are capable of when doing the exact same kihon,
kata, or kumite as a member of a large class with a high
level of energy running through it.
- The simple fact of the
matter is that ninety-nine percent of the time our
internal motivation alone is not enough for us to achieve
our goals. As a result we need, dare I say crave, that
external motivation that is the "missing link"
in the equation.
- We need someone, or
something, to help us get to those places we would
previously never would have believed possible, and that
we alone are not usually capable of reaching.
- Fortunately for us when we
bring our internal force to the dojo, that external force
- It is there right in front
- Our sensei.
- We know in advance what he,
or she wants.
- Nothing less than our best,
all of the time.
- We also know that at the
moment the class is told to "line up" we have
lost total control over what we do, when we do it, how we
do it, and for how long we will do it. At that moment our
"external drive" has already started to kick
in, and it always has the same effect. It makes us
uneasy, nervous, on edge, after all most of us dislike
giving up control, especially over ourselves even for a
limited amount of time.
- In the end the "why"
we feel this way does not matter, because this "nervous
energy" also has a positive side effect of sorts.
- This "feeling",
this "energy" also helps to creates within us
the desire to be better than we were in the last class,
better than those around us tonight, better than the
limitations we so often place on ourselves. And so out of
this combination of personal desire, and our sensei's
expectations comes, "good", "better",
and if we are very lucky that day, "excellent".
- But excellence requires
effort, and then greater effort.
- Heart, and then more heart.
- Excellence demands of you
that you leave nothing for tomorrow, but instead that you
give all that you have to give, right here, and right
now, for as long as it takes.
- Excellence is unmistakable,
it is there for all to see.
- Excellence knows no bounds.
- But to get you have to give.
- Excellence always comes at
- So the next time you line
up in class ask your self, "what am I prepared to
give in order to get all of the knowledge that is going
to come my way during this class, what am I prepared to
- My wish for you is that you
pay the price.
- Good training.
- The sum of
- is equal to
the effort that went into it.
- Part the
clouds - see the way.
objective of karate-do is to contribute to the evolution
- of the
human spirit through physical and mental training."