You Cannot Hope to Improve without This

I cannot believe we’re entering the final week of March – can you!?  Spring is officially here!  Birds are singing, sun is shining, and everyone is registering for Summer Camp!  Seriously, it’s like March is the mad dash where every parent (including this one!) has that moment of panic realizing camp registration opened in January!!  That’s actually why already set up early bird specials to run through the end of March. Because, life happens and, sometimes, the early birds need to catch a break.  You can still snag a spot in our outdoorsy, playful, educational, and super welcoming Nature Adventures Summer Camp, held at Warren Wilson College, at the early bird pricing, here.

This week at the dojo, we are wrapping up a month of exploring the power of the water element – flexible, adaptable, while still quite the force to be reckoned with.  This week, we’re particularly looking at the power of change.  Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.”

Now, I am not a fan of striving for “perfection” in the conventional sense.  But I actually love the man’s sentiment here.  He’s essentially saying, it’s okay to change – let’s not fear it or shy away from shifts and transformation – in fact, that’s the only way to get better!  Seems like such a simple concept, and yet I have had the hardest time with this at points in my life.  It’s because I know that right past change lies uncertainty.  That thought can just be paralyzing.

So, I love the reminder that growth can only happen with change.  Maybe the very first outcome of a change is not the improvement you were hoping for.  But I have always found that change does eventually lead me to that improvement.  And staying stagnant never has.

There is absolutely no better microcosmic manifestation of this concept than working with a partner on the dojo floor:  Your partner attacks, you counter.  You survived but they’re still coming.  You move your position, you try something, it doesn’t quite work but at least you’re still in the clear.  So you keep moving, keep your presence in the game and your thoughts out of it, stay focused, keep changing, keep growing, keep moving and breathing, trying new things, not giving up until finally they are down and you’re up!

Or, as sometimes the case is, you’re down and they’re up, and you get another chance to improve in the next round!  Seriously, is there anything more empowering than the chance to work through those dynamics, day in and day out, with the support and encouragement of your teachers and fellow students?  Not that I know of!

This week, we’re jumping into all of that with the following techniques:

MartiaL ARts
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Ukemi Rolls All Ways Break Falls All Ways
Technique 1 Ichimonji no Kata:Adults Try with Bo Staff Bitty Bu: More Ichimonji no KataPrinciples of Throwing and Basic Hip Throw
Technique 2 Principles of Throwing and Basic Hip Throw Bo Staff Kamae and Strikes
Technique 3 Cross Body Wrist Escape Behind the Back Double Wrist  Escape


Leadership Lesson: Budo Energy Soother and KidPower Trashcan    Adventure Spot: Cloud Forest  

Thanks for reading!

See you in the dojo,

~Sensei Nesta