When I first started training in Ninjutsu, I vividly remember a technique where it required you to lay on the floor and then someone goes to kick you in the stomach; and in turn defend yourself. The guy who I was training with at the time, who was also a beginner too - booted me in the stomach with nothing held back. I laid there frozen and winded, clueless on what to do. Gripping at my stomach, helpless to say the least. My instructor saw this and came over straight away. He told the guy to kick him in the exact same manner. My instructor laid down leaving an elbow out, which the guy inevitably booted and resulted in him having a swollen ankle, almost immediately. We never did see that guy again, after that day... I could of stopped and decided not to go training ever again, with that experience forever haunting me. That though, was a turning point for me. I decided that day that I never wanted to be in a position where I found myself helpless, and did not know what to do. I did not want to be beaten by a man or anyone for that matter- and most poignantly, I did not want to rely on anyone to protect me. I decided that day that I will keep on training so hopefully, I will never be in that position again. And so became an awakening.. You will encounter many degrees of discomfort in your training. This is Martial Arts. This is Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. The mindset of endurance and the attitude of survival. We need to understand how it feels like to be choked out, to be struck, to be thrown, to be restrained and so forth. For this, in time; will condition and prepare you. Most importantly, if you ever needed to use the skills you learn, in real life- you are equipped to deal with such situations; instead of it being a shock to the system.
Furthermore, you can then understand the effectiveness of your applications. You study both sides of the coin. With that, comes a mental attitude of grit and the spirit to keep moving forward. So you have then two choices, do you shy away from such challenges and avoid such conditioning? So you are unable to protect yourself or anyone else for that matter? Or do you say “No, I never want to be in this position” and seek to train?
If you think something is impossible to accomplish, go step by step. Focus on every step as if they were other complete job. Don’t think that big task as a whole.
This is a smart concept while studying. Brake down a huge topic into small ones and then understand the main ideas behind those small topics.
You can’t do all at once. Do little by little.
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