Challenge of Growth

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As I prepare for the opportunity to test for 3rd Dan, I have begun to intensify my training. Our school has reduced its training days to once per week, so quality training opportunities are limited. So, I visited another school which has its roots Moo Duk Kwan. I have a great deal of respect for the head instructor, as he really stresses application and purpose for every technique.

Interestingly, he has no problem asking me, "Why do you choose to stay at school X"? My response is typically, "It is what I know" or "I love my family". He insists that there will come a time that I will choose what is best for my training and growth.

I am conflicted to some extent, as I clearly honor and respect the teachings of my instructor. However, I know that there comes a time that everyone must choose a path of continued growth. This is a challenge because I do have a great deal of loyalty for my current dojang. I have learned a great deal and progressed as a person and martial artist. Nearly nine years of education and I certainly could never repay the gratitude and patience of all the senior instructors. This is why I remain.

In truth, I do relish the role of visiting practitioner. Especially, when the host school has its foundation in Tang Soo Do. The host instructor of note, has never asked me for a nickel to train. He only requests that what I am shown stays at the host school. Nonetheless, he has always had an open door for other members of my home dojang.

What I do know is that I still have much to learn, and I must continue to push the envelope and broaden my knowledge in the art. It is clear that I will eventually pursue a different system. I have always been fond of Aikido or Hapkido. Any grappling or energy based system would suffice.

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