I was at a martial arts expo today here in Perth, and was pleased to see Grandmaster William Cheung partake in a demonstration with four of his senior instructors.
In a part of the demonstration where he's showing techniques against multiple opponents attacking him, Grandmaster Cheung accidentally slips up, loses his balance, and is forced to recover.
You know what happens then? He smiles, smooths out his next step and continues the demonstration confidently and effectively.
Contrast this with beginners who do the smallest error, beat themselves over the head, look down, berate themselves under their breath, get flustered, and then try their technique yet again - resulting in a worse performance than before they slipped up in the first place.
Martial arts isn't about choreography. It is about dealing with risks in a dynamic changing environment. If you can't deal with small mistakes because of an inflated notion of what you think you can do, you'll find greater difficulty coping with yourself when someone is trying to beat the crap out of you.
Take a page from William Cheung. There are of course so many stories about him - both good and bad. But when you trip up ... you should just smile, recover, and keep giving it a go!
In the arts,
-- Colin Wee Traditional Taekwondo Techniques, Patterns, and Applications at the Traditional Taekwondo Blog. [Subscribe using email or RSS feeds] [Tkd Sitemap]. Colin is a martial art instructor with 25 years of experience across three continents. Colin leads a small Traditional Taekwondo group for adults in Perth, Western Australia. Connect with Colin on FaceBook and Traditional Taekwondo Group on FB.