Category: Training

What I learned last week: Relax. Any training will teach you something.

I’m not very proud of what follows, but if I can’t be honest in my training journal I’ve got bigger problems, so here goes.

Over the last few weeks I’ve started learning the first few of the “pure” throws in Hapkido. I don’t mean joint-lock based throws, but throws coming from the Judo influence on Hapkido. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’ve been struggling, even in slow motion, with getting down low enough and getting my feet positioned correctly before the lift, without losing my balance.

Throwing someone is kind of tricky to practice by yourself, so given I had a week off work last week, I was looking forward to going to as many training sessions as possible, hoping to sort out some of my mistakes.

Well, I did learn some good lessons, but the best one was not about throwing.

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Repetition vs Correct Form

“I fear not the man who practices 10,000 techniques once, but the man who practices one technique 10,000 times holds my respect.”

I’ve liked this quote ever since I first heard it years ago from my then Sifu, but like a lot of quotes, there is danger in stretching it too far beyond its context. Let me explain.

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