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Take your medicine.

One spoonful, or two?

When I was young my mother always use to give me a good dose of cod liver oil whenever she thought I was not looking that well. She told me that no matter how much I disliked it the medicine was good for me. To this day I still do not like the taste of cod liver oil. But, she was right. Taking my medicine when I needed it actually worked.

Over the years I have see many students practicing in the dojo who could use a good dose of something. To me their basics, and their kata, did not appear all that healthy. Yet class after class they still avoid taking the medicine that they need to get better. A good stance, proper posture, completed techniques, just to name a few. All those things that if taken to heart, and applied in the appropriate measure, would have helped to make their karate look so much better. 

The simple fact of the matter is that for some students the message was not sinking in. In spite of this fact they were often the ones who felt they were ready to learn a new kata. All the while not realizing, or not willing to admit, that they were still struggling with the katas that they claimed to already know. So, whose fault is that? Theirs? Their Sensei's?

In the end like many things in life, karate comes down to what do you want to know, how well do you want to know it, and what price are you willing to pay. Once students who are struggling decide the answer to those three questions, then it is simply a matter of applying themselves and taking the medicine.

So what will it be, one spoonful, or two?

Remember: "Patience and perseverance, both are a requirement for success.