I've been a keen karate student for 16 years, Shukokai and Shotokan, but there still seems to be no shortage of things to learn and explore. I'm hoping this blog will allow me to share my experiences and hear other martial artists thoughts.

What keeps me coming back?

I sometimes find myself wondering what answer I would give if I was asked why I study Karate. Perhaps I don’t need to bother as I don’t think I’ve ever actually been asked. But what has kept me returning to the question was the fact that I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was specifically that I must enjoy so much to have kept me hooked for the past 15 years and I’m sure for many years more.

Recently I think I’ve come to a realisation that it’s not just one of two specific elements that I enjoy it’s a whole range of different things.

At a more superficial level I enjoy the more physical aspects, padwork, focus mitt work & sparring, for the surge of endorphins they provide and the opportunity to let rip a little.

I enjoy the physical challenge Karate training provides. Both the fitness to be able to execute multiple reps of combinations and kata to a high standard but the precise control of your body to get your body placement right all the way through a technique. That’s given me plenty of work to take away, particularly with my flexibility which is a big challenge.

I enjoy the mental and character building side. Whether it be having the mental determination to push a tired body to raise it’s game for the next kata. Or in response to more traditional training to accept the bashes youve taken and return with the determination to spot the punch or the kick coming earlier and improve my evasion and blocking.

I enjoy being a bookworm and researching different aspects to get new insights into how I can improve.

And I love the feeling that after everything I’ve learnt it feels like I’m still only just getting started and there is so much to learn and try and master.

What’s keeps me coming back is the fact that Karate feels like it’s become a big part of who I am day to day, week to week and has taught me so much more than simply how to punch and kick.

What keeps you coming back?


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  info@dojotalk.com wrote @

You and I are of like mind. For many years, I was a martial arts hobbyist. Since I moved a lot, I’d skip around from one dojo to another. I also have a knee injury which, after multiple surgeries later, still gives me some troubles. But, regardless of where I’d move to, or how uncomfortable it was at times, I keep coming back. I’ve finally decided to embrace martial arts as a part of me, something that will never go away, and as I do, I realize it has more to offer than I ever realized.

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