My training regime was updated from the start of this month. I decided to make November very hard on myself at the end of October. My reasoning, is consistent throughout my time as a karateka. This year, in addition to my other training, I have run 500km up mountains. Yes, people who know me very well have been laughing at my insane 'additional' training. Why I've been doing that is because I needed to replace not teaching here in Japan and very occasionally around the world.
I'm not so fast like in my 20s as I'm now in my mid 40s, but I can still sprint 100 meters in under 12 seconds, and still bench press over 300lbs.
While this might sound like bragging, it isn't, it is just what I do. Bragging is folly. It is stupidity and only creates disdain for an individual. Why I am saying this IS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOU, who is reading this. You can do much better than me if you want to. Probably much better than me.
As I have already said, I am just doing MY THING... Of course I could do more. But EVERYONE can. The point is TO DO SOMETHING, invest in your training to make yourself better: healthier, stronger, more flexible, and more efficient if someone attacks you. In addition to these points, one can increase their artistry in our beautiful art of Shotokan-Ryu, which exceeds the plastic commercialism of mainstream contemporary sports karate.
The point of this post is not to be competitive with you, THE READER, but rather insinuate that you push yourself more. BECAUSE WE ALL CAN! Of course, we must work in incremental steps to avoid injury and so forth.
My point is this, YOU CAN! As Yoda said to Luke Skywalker "Try, there is no try, do or do not". I hope this post motivates anyone who reads it. Osu and motivation from Japan. International Karate Shotokan pushes forward with this mantra, that is, to optimally boost the potential of every individual.
POWER TO YOU... TRAIN and PUSH FORWARD. YOU CAN DO IT IF YOU WANT TO!!!
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2020).