I was having a similar conversation with a parent friend of mine yesterday about motivation. I was talking about how I motivate myself, and how I ... at 40yo, am still punishing myself on a regular basis doing my pushups, training, visualisation, etc. All of it is an objective oriented exercise not for some personal self glory. While maybe it once was, the black belt however is not there to pull chicks.
The video below is of my nephew at a coloured belt grading doing a sparring session. Don't get me wrong, they're doing really well for their age. But by and large, sparring is all like this. This is an example of what I do not do.
I train for an unthinkable situation - home intrusion. There would be multiple opponents, mostly armed, at night, in a high target environment (where my kids are the targets), they're jacked up on whatever they've just dosed themselves up on, and we're facing off in a tight space. I myself would probably be bedraggled, may or may not be armed, and am the last and only line of defense.
I will not fail.
Keep safe, my friends.
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