The Tao of Taekwondo

Notes and reflections from a deeper practice of traditional taekwondo

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Why practice?

Happy New Year.

I've been off for most of December letting my broken toes heal, and not so much my toes but my confidence about my broken toes. Today I've returned to practice, with some strength training to begin the conditioning I need for my second Dan test in June. I'm checking out the 100 pushups program, which is a very cool thing, in addition to some weight training.

Today a nice find from my regular reads. John Vesey at Martial Views writes about solo practice. I responded accordingly:

Practice is hard, and practicing alone is harder still. But for me that is the reason to practice: to meet what I find difficult in myself. Sometimes training everyday is harder than executing 100 roundhouse kicks perfectly. If that's the case, then I know what it is that I need to practice, and that is perseverance as opposed to technique.

For me I practice because it raises questions. And then I live those questions.