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#348618 - 06/26/07 10:08 AM The hardest thing I've ever done
jpoor Offline

Registered: 04/11/07
Posts: 726
Loc: Fairfax, VA
Paris Hilton said about her whopping 23 day jail term. Sadly it's probably true that she has never had to "endure" anything more strenuous.

Now, to relate things back to MA. . .

What's the hardest, most challenging, most frightening, biggest obstacle you've had to overcome (or are working to overcome) in your MA life?

Right now, mine is that I'm "hand shy" kick at me all day long, swing a club at me too. That's all fine and dandy, but when the jabs and overhands start coming, I blink and flinch (and get hit a lot LOL).

Fear of heights is another big one. In my old school, we did falls from 18 feet or so up a cargo net onto a trampoline just to get over the fear of falling. The falls were fine for me, but letting go of that rope. . .

An experience on one of my army deployments has made my fear of heights far worse now.

#348619 - 06/26/07 10:15 AM Re: The hardest thing I've ever done [Re: jpoor]
harlan Offline
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Registered: 07/31/04
Posts: 6665
Loc: Amherst, MA
My biggest challenge is simply hitting people.

#348620 - 06/26/07 10:25 AM Re: The hardest thing I've ever done [Re: jpoor]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 15634
Loc: York PA. USA
Accepting that I will never be a world class, and finding a reason to train anyway.
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

#348621 - 06/26/07 10:28 AM Re: The hardest thing I've ever done [Re: MattJ]
Ironfoot Offline
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Registered: 06/10/04
Posts: 2682
Loc: St. Clair Shores, MI USA
I accepted that, Matt, and found another reason: being a good teacher. That's the great thing about MA; after your prime fighting days, you get a second chance.

#348622 - 06/26/07 10:29 AM Re: The hardest thing I've ever done [Re: MattJ]
TroTro Offline

Registered: 05/04/07
Posts: 59
Overcome my own laziness and distractions... (' A ')

#348623 - 06/26/07 10:44 AM Re: The hardest thing I've ever done [Re: jpoor]
menina Offline

Registered: 03/20/07
Posts: 82
Loc: Spain

My tkd life is not very long but it is being desperating not to be able to properly train due to an injury and I am sure it will be worst when I come back and realised all the job and improvement I have done is lost and I have to start again.

Start for second time seems quite discouraging. It is like writing a mail and to have an electricity cut so you lost all the information.

#348624 - 06/26/07 11:38 AM Re: The hardest thing I've ever done [Re: menina]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10416
Loc: Great White North
With in martial arts the hardest thing I had to overcome was competing. Once I did compete (grappling) I then had to find the courage to continue. The next biggest thing is testing. I don't like testing, not one bit, and there is a big one around the corner when I get to it.

#348625 - 06/26/07 01:11 PM Re: The hardest thing I've ever done [Re: Dereck]
Leo_E_49 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 4117
Loc: California
The hardest thing I've ever done in MA is accepting the fact that my black belt is REALLY only the start of my learning. It was so hard for me to realise and accept that just learning one single MA wasn't enough for me. It was terrible to realise that a single takedown could defeat my entire MA training.

It was also tough for me to enter my first full contact tournament. It took me a long time to get over being KOed the first time. It was tough for me to bring myself to spar for a while after that...
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#348626 - 06/26/07 03:20 PM Re: The hardest thing I've ever done [Re: Leo_E_49]
Leonine Offline

Registered: 07/23/05
Posts: 191
Stepping into the ring the first time and hitting somebody full force for the first time (I'm really a cuddly guy). Not losing myself to my training (I think the story will carry no weight unless you were actually there to witness it).

#348627 - 06/26/07 04:34 PM Re: The hardest thing I've ever done [Re: MattJ]
Mr_Heretik Offline

Registered: 05/20/05
Posts: 1074
Loc: Bronx NY, USA

Accepting that I will never be a world class, and finding a reason to train anyway.

Same here.

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