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A Truly Motivated Martial Artist

Does everyone possess passion and motivation?

This is a very common question that many people ask.  Put another way, many people say, “I am just not motivated.”  I ask you, “is this true?  Are there some people out there who are just inherently lazy?”  I can tell you this, for most of my life I have always felt that the answer was “Yes!  Some people are just lazy.”  However, I have come to a new conclusion.

In my studies of how to help guide individuals to become the absolute best person he or she can become, I have made some discoveries.  Obviously these are just discoveries to me, and they are not something that others do not already know.  What I have discovered is that motivation is not really what we think it is.  We look at someone who is motivated to be the extremely hard working individual who is the first to arrive in the morning, and who is the last to leave at night.  This is a motivated person.  However, what about the overweight kid who spends all day playing video games and eating snacks.  Is this young person not motivated as well?

A person I used to be associated with had a child who fit this exact description.  He was, by all definitions of the term, obese.  The boy was extremely gifted mentally, but he was not (by common definitions of the term) motivated.  He was lazy, and he stayed at home and played video games all day.  When he was outside of the house, all he would talk about was what was going on with his character in Halo.  My question to you is, “Is this young man motivated?”  I say that the answer is “yes.”  He is an extremely motivated person.  His life revolved around getting everything else around him finished as quickly as possible so he could get back to playing his video games.

Another example is a person in a burning building.  Do you think he or she would be slightly motivated to get out of the building as quickly as possible?  You bet he or she is.

Now that we have pretty much come to the conclusion that everyone is motivated, now how do we change or alter what it is that motivates them in ways that are more constructive.  Basically, how do we get people to give 110% to help out the team, business or family when it seems like nothing we do motivates them?  Well…That will have to be discussed in “A Truly Motivated Martial Artist Part 2.”

Sensei Ryan, Ninjitsu Instructor
Champion Martial Arts II
Reno, NV

Once you decide that MMA is not right for you, give us a call

First of all, I would like to discuss what MMA really is.  A Tang Soo Do (Korean Martial Art) Master I work closely with once told me that all good Martial Artists do mixed martial arts.  The reason is because we take the best aspects of several different systems, and make one “Super System.”  So in that way, yes I do teach mixed martial arts.  However, MMA of today is definitely not that.  It consists of the brazilian jiu-jitsu (mostly ground fighting/grappling), some kick boxing and street fighting.  At Champion Martial Arts we do a combination of traditional Jujitsu, Ninjitsu, Taijitsu, Judo and Aikido.  Plus, we teach some Tae Kwon Do fancy kicks and some Karate Tournament sparring (light contact).  I guess it can be argued that both are mixed martial arts.

Now on to the topic of this blog post.  When I was growing up my dad (Professor Cary, 9th Degree Black Belt) would take us out and train on the concrete.  We didn’t have a mat, or a pad of any sort.  Back then I thought that was cool.  Wrestling around with the few adults that we had, ready to take on anyone.  Now that I am older and wiser, I would never do that again.  At the age of 10-14 years old I thought it was so great just to be a part of something.  Now I know that it is hard.  Really hard.  There’s a very good reason why we only had just a few students who stuck with that program.

An acquaintance of mine from the military had a close friend who was a Professional UFC fighter.  He was only able to compete in 4 matches.  His pay was $100,000 for the 4 fights, but he had to have over $50,000 of facial reconstructive surgery.  Did I mention he lost all 4 fights.

Basically, what I am getting at is that BJJ and MMA training is too destructive to the body.  If you want to be a professional cage fighter and have reconstructive surgery on your face after each fight, be my guest.  However, if you would like to learn a solid Martial Arts system that gives you the ability to still be able to go to work tomorrow, please give us a call.  Most MMA and BJJ systems have very low retention rates.  Unfortunately, most of these people who drop out say that they will never try the Martial Arts again.  That’s very sad to hear.

I am here to tell you that I can teach you the awesome stuff that you wanted to learn in the first place, give you a great workout, while allowing you to remain injury free.

Of course, if you do decide you want to be hardcore and become a fighter, we have a specialized program for you at our sister school here in Reno.

Sensei Ryan, Ninjitsu Instructor
Champion Martial Arts II
South Reno, NV

Katy Ahner – Recipient of This Quarter’s Best Student Award

Katy Ahner – First Quarter 2010 – Best Student!

Katy has such a wonderful attitude and always works so hard in class.   She sets a great example for all of the other students and she is such a positive and wonderful young person.  Congratulations Katy!  Go Read her full award by clicking on the “Best Student” link at the top of the page.

Keep up the great work!

Sensei Ryan, Ninjitsu Instructor
Champion Martial Arts II
South Reno, NV

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