In Karate as in life, something that happened in the past is just that…in the past.
An evening in the Dojo where you’re dragging your feet: your kicks stink, your Kata is about as sharp as the back end of a butter knife, or your mind is madly off in all directions, are nothing more than hiccups. In the grand scheme of things, all your training – the good, bad and the ugly – are still vital elements of your training. To get philosophical, the Zen Masters would tell you that your weeds are to become your fertilizer.
Recently my Kanku Dai sequences in the Kanku Dai Kata were nothing short of flimsy. My balance seemed off and my sets and strikes were soft and out of tempo. Still, I was training, and the very concept that I was recognizing that my Kata was poor on this particular night told me something: a) I was recognizing that I was being self-critical and this was distracting from the task at hand and b) I obviously still had a burning desire to get better…weeds for fertilizer.
There are two things you can do about yesterday, your last class or last year: worry and regret. I’m no philosopher, but I’m pretty sure that neither of those will make today (or your karate) any better.
Accept the happenings of the past, or last classes’ shaky Kata, as valid training time, and harden your resolve to keep training – keep getting better. The past can be an anchor that holds you back; cut the rope on that!
Be grateful for the weeds…