Throughout my nine years of martial arts training, I’ve often witnessed students who weren’t working as hard as everyone else. When my husband is teaching his kids’ karate class and he notices someone slacking off, he will ask “Can you see me?”, and when they say they can, he tells them “I can see you, too.”

When you try to get away with doing less reps, or even skipping exercises (or details) entirely, there’s a pretty good chance that your Professor, Sensei, Coach, Sifu (or whatever you call them), is aware of it, and you’re not fooling anyone. It’s one thing if you are physically unable to do everything, or you’re nursing an injury, but if you’re just doing less for the sake of laziness, it’s probably not going unnoticed, and isn’t earning you any respect.

I’ll admit that there have been occasions when I’ve not done as much as I could have, when I didn’t give it my all, but for the most part, I usually try to do my best. I realize there’s a reason our teachers are asking us to do these things, and it doesn’t have anything to do with them. Everything that we are required to do during training is designed to help us get better, and it doesn’t really matter whether anyone else notices if we do them or not.

Trying to cheat your training might affect the way your instructors and fellow students think about you, but what’s more important is that the only person it’s really hurting is you. If you’re going to be spending your time (and money) on training, you may as well make the most of it by doing everything you can, to the best of your ability. There’s plenty of time to slack off when you’re not in class.

“I don’t do enough, I just fool around. You all can go to hell, how does that sound?” -Tech N9ne


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