We’re stuck in a society of ticking boxes, where education does not equal intelligence, and physical employment standards do not translate to ability.
The intelligence and ability in question? The intelligence and introspection to know yourself. Know what you’re good at, bad at, and what could do with some work. The ability to handle yourself if you were put into a situation where you had to defend yourself, or someone else who is unable to defend themselves. The world around us is becoming increasingly hostile and as a resort we now live in a world where many individuals could potentially be hostile. At face value, you’ve got no idea who you might encounter, what they’re capable of, and what their intentions might be.
Strength, stamina & skill. They’re the three vital components in being hard to kill. Being fit is hard. Being strong is hard. Being equally fit & strong, near impossible. Being highly skilled is good, but lacks lethality without the other two. These are not mutually supportive concepts, and they’re exceptionally hard to plan and train for. To a good standard that is.
Life long fighters, athletes and coaches are continually looking for new things to add to their game. Continually looking for new information, abilities and skills to add or tweak. If they’re never “done”, how does the thought arise that we are? Complacency, laziness and leaning on a reputation from the “old days” is why.
Cardiovascular endurance and strength are force multipliers. They enhance or increase the efficiency of your current skill level or ability, they are not an ability in itself.
“You’re just really good at exercising”
If you’re the strongest individual in your gym, good for you. Step outside that comfort zone and test yourself, strength alone doesn’t cut it.
If you’re the fittest individual by a mile. Step outside that comfort zone and test yourself, being fit alone doesn’t cut it.
If you’re the slickest individual in your martial arts gym. Step outside that comfort zone and test yourself, skills become rock solid when they have that strength & stamina as a foundation.
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The consistent application of basic training principles is the little key. The heavy door is whatever your reason is for training the first place. Every locked door opens easily with the right key. You can hard-knock the bastard, breach your way through and get what you need. But in terms of longevity, that door is cactus.
Motivation for the motivated is a funny thing, because it isn’t about motivation at all. A tiny portion of society know exactly what they want, how to get it and what they have to do to achieve it.
They don’t need to be pushed or motivated, they need to be controlled.
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