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Why can't I make anything work in the training hall - dojo?

Ever have one of those training sessions or group of training sessions - you know - where nothing goes quite right and you just can't do things you know your proficient at worth shit?

You have to ask yourself, what is it, why can't I make anything work? Why am I suddenly this stupid clumsy jerk who knows this part yet cannot do it worth spit?

Good question and its normal. You will reach certain plateaus in your training and practice. Mine were senior brown belt, Ni-Dan and then many times there after regardless of ranking/level. I have been practicing for about 35+ years and from time to time it seems like I don't know squat and I can't do anything with out flubbing up seriously. I have times in sparring/fighting practices/scenario's where I will get my clock cleaned by someone I know I can handle easily.

This is all part of the process, ergo why I like it being called the "way" of the empty hand. There are and always will be these surprises in practice/training. It is a form of "shugyo" and how you handle it is also great training/practice.

Don't take an extended break thinking it will correct itself, it won't, only by hard work and continued practice will this particular bump in the road go away. If you take time off it will or could be even more difficult to return. Some times I see good practitioners quit completely and never return because they see it as something terribly wrong and insurmountable. Not true, persistence and practice and training will get you past this obstacle.

It is normal, suck it up and deal with it. You will find that protection will create freezes and lost ability but break the freeze and change what your doing if the ability is not cutting it. Better than quitting or getting hurt or worse.

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