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Fighting the Frustration

In every student’s Kung Fu journey comes a point where they do not feel that they are progressing like they should. This has happened to everyone that has learned to fight in this way, back hundreds of years. It is completely normal, but it can be very frustrating.

It is very much like walking through a long, wide hall. One in which you cannot see the end, but you know that this is your path. While walking down this hall, you may all of a sudden you find yourself at a wall. In this wall there are many doors, but only one will be unlocked and available for your passage. After passing through that door you are again looking down another long, wide hall.

The halls are wide because each student’s journey through Kung Fu is different and each door represents a different solution. Sometimes the student will find the correct solution themselves and continue on their Kung Fu path, however help is usually needed.

Here are a few suggestions to move past this frustration:

  1. Play your forms with emphasis on applications. All of the fighting tools you need are in your forms. The more you play them, the more will come out when fighting.
  2. SLOW DOWN. The slower you go, the more time you have to think about something different to do or how to get out of a situation.
  3. Try new things and new people. Playing hands with someone new can often spur a new direction for you.
  4. Try focusing on a single principle/idea when fighting. Example; begin trying to catch people’s center by plucking.

Very often, the best thing to do is to ask a Ja Gow or Black Belt. We all love this stuff, and would love to spend some time with you to help you get better. Learning to fight at Tyler Kung Fu & Fitness can be a daunting task. It is certainly a slow and frustrating one, but it is also extremely rewarding.

Most of all, KEEP TRYING. As in most martial arts, you learn the most by doing something over and over and over and over again.

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2 Responses to “Fighting the Frustration”

  1. angelinka Says:

    Zack,

    Thank you again for your support. I’m not sure if I’m the only one in that frustrating state of mind right now, but I personally promise to keep trying. My problem is that I never liked struggling with anything, and if it didn’t come naturally to me, I usually just quit and tried doing something else. But KF is not the case because I really enjoy it. Some things come easier to me, some seem to be harder to get, but overall experience is awesome! I will never quit it by my own will. Even though I don’t flatter myself by thinking that I will ever be as good as you guys are at fighting, I do have a lot of fun and joy when it’s a good learning experience.

    Will you open one of those doors for me in that dark hall please?
    …just kidding…

  2. Ja Gow Zack Permenter Says:

    I know for sure that you are not the only one feeling like that right now. And I do not think that you give yourself the credit you deserve ( none of us do ). Just like you, some things come easier than others. Most of us have to work hard to teach our bodies to do things that are unfamiliar. From my experience though, it is these things that we struggle with that teaches us the most and usually become our most treasured knowledge. So I applaud you for sticking with it and giving it your all, I promise that you will continue to get better and be rewarded with great Kung Fu!!