Tuesday, January 7, 2014
I've been sick the past week or so with bronchitis, once a year or so my body has to fight through it. Though in a strange way, I think its God's way of telling me to slow down and rest. For the last week or so it's also given me to think and reflect. My thoughts go back to when I was a grappling instructor for my dad when he owned a Dojo. I think of how fast my body was able to move back then, that my skill level (at the the time) could have very well owned my several world championships in Jujitsu and Submission grappling.
The problem rests in the fact that, after a ten year lay will about murder a persons skill and ability. I had no belt at the time in Jujitsu, but I was a certified level one instructor Marc Mcfann, who teaches the concepts of Jeet Kune Do.
(If you want to know more about JKD and one of my past instructors, feel free to google them both).
Reflecting on the past is one thing, but allowing your self to stay there is another. All of this has stirred a sort of anger in me to be back at where I once was, but that may very well never happen. I might in some ways get better. A lot better.
What I'd like to do upon gaining my black belt (maybe even 2 black belts) is start my own Dojo, one that has a program dedicated for those who have special needs, it's the most amazing feeling ever when I watch a young man learn to both defend himself from his chair and out of his chair (on the ground). I honestly feel that a lot of Jujitsu schools, don't really know what to do with someone that has Cerebral Palsy, visually impaired and so on.
In short. I want to be a great teacher.