17 minutes ago
Remember your path.
J.J. here. I think most people start out on the right track. It begins with an impulse. I want to be healthier/sing freely/learn to defend myself & my loved ones. Whatever the goal is. For most people, that’s when they’re closest to being on exactly the right track. The problems usually come when they join a tribe or culture in order to achieve that dream...& the goals of the tribe pull them away from their own. I see nothing destroy most people’s journeys so often. Someone wants to feel healthier. They look for someone to help them. A western gym (body building culture). Crossfit gym. Yoga studio. &, soon, they find themselves putting in hundreds of hours bulking & cutting (with no health benefit) but that’s what bodybuilders do so they just do it. Working on kipping muscle ups to try & get more than the next person when, really, gaining mastery over that skill would be safer. Working to get super advanced inversions or doing planche & flipping on bars because that’s what yogis & calisthenics people do now, even if it’s dangerous or not functional. They join a sport bjj school & suddenly they’re spending years training for the counter to the kimura & the counter to the kimura counter & thinking that snapping their fingers in training is “cool” because that’s the culture, even tho no one in the street knows the Kimura OR the counter so they could have just learned the technique itself. Or they join an opera studio & now they can’t sing in their own language & because Opera singers use different vowels. All of these tribes are GREAT! If you WANT to be a Bodybuilding/BJJ/CrossFit competitor, or sing at The Met, then those are EXACTLY where you should be. But, if that’s not where you want to go, don’t get on a train that takes you there. Remember your path. Remember your goals. Mine are VERY specific & I aim for a very particular set of skills. Longevity of my practice = train now the way I’ll be able to train when I’m older + don’t do things that break the body instead of strengthen it. My practice is very clear about what it is & what it isn’t. Don’t fear evolution, but remember why you started.