To me, training time is “church time.” When your schedule is so hectic that training time becomes tight, what do you do? Have church all day.
Over the last 2 years or so I have been borderline obsessed with experimenting and trying to find various ways to “sneak” training into my day. Why? It never fails: I plan on setting aside time to train, and suddenly something needs to be done.
This would frustrate me greatly, until I realized that by waiting until “X” time to train I was setting myself up for more frustration.
I remembered an old quote I read about old monks in a European monastery who sought to “pray without ceasing,” meaning letting each act of each day be a prayer or offering to God, rather than sitting around all day chanting. Made sense to me – I mean, if that was the case, nothing would get done and people would eventually come, steal their crops and take all their shit away.
I like that quote so I began thinking about it and then began changing my approach to training. Now I feel like I get to train all the time and I’m a hell of a lot happier of a camper. Plus, like I always say with any cool shit I wasn’t clever enough to coin on my own, I liked it so much I stole it, tweaked it and made it mine, hence my new term “train without ceasing.”
Here a re just a few of the ways I have been able to integrate my training into my day. It’s kind of amazing in the course of being up for 15-16 hours how many opportunities you have to play with this stuff that doesn’t even feel like training since it is integrated into such mundane daily tasks as driving or opening doors or even taking a leak in a gas station bathroom.
Use your imagination and and you can train here from wherever you are.
I found this to be a particularly effective way to train the Psycho-Cybernetics technique of “mental rehearsal” (a very potent and powerful tool at your disposal that far too few of us make use of) that combines physical activity with mental imagery. I highly recommend you pick up this book as well as others that will address the oft-forgotten mental aspect of training.
Call me overly cautious but I get the feeling that swinging these big bitches around at the office would be frowned upon. No worries, just move this mad blade-swingin’ session inside-your head, that is.
Now even though I’ve talked about using this for the Siu Nim Tau or “small idea” first set, this can (and should) be done for each of the forms, dummy set, weapons set, anything.
In cases of the other forms, dummy or weapons set do not perform any of the motions of the set anywhere but fully in your own head…but DO move through the forms with your stance. Why? By subcategorizing the form in this way, you are de-constructing and then re-constructing in a stronger fashion each aspect of the form from the ground up.
The added bonus is that no extra time or equipment is required, making these drills perfect for odd times throughout the day.
Make like the monks, try these out and TRAIN without ceasing.
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