Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Friday, April 12, 2013

Disrupt Your Training

I posted back in February that we got a new puppy to be Bella's companion. Along with the new puppy came a lot of disruption in the daily routines around the house, including my training.

At the time we brought her home, I was rotating through three different workout routines over the five weekdays I go to work and was covering everything I wanted to work on adequately. When the puppy came along, I had to take her outside frequently (proactive). I had to be very careful that I didn't step on her. I had to keep an eye on whether she was chewing on something... in short my routine was disrupted.

I happen to think that some disruption from time to time is a good thing. We (at least I) need to get shaken up and stirred from time to time. It's all too easy to fall into a rut.

Martial arts training has a lot to do with changing according to the demands of the moment and adapting. In a real life self defense situation, we can't expect our opponent to attack us in a time and manner which we find most suitable.If we wait for conditions to be perfect, we'd be waiting a long time indeed.

Instead of my regular routine, while adhering to the broad outline I have drawn  up for myself, I have to continually ask "what is the best thing for me to work on for the next X minutes?"
In a few weeks or months, the household will fall into a new "normal" and a new routine will establish itself for me. In the meantime I am making the most of the chaos that Mabel (the new puppy) is throwing into the mix.

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