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  • Writer's pictureJessa Swift

One Kick 10,000 Times

Most students who start Martial Arts begin with gusto and enthusiasm. They are excited to learn new skills, and are proud of the improvements that seem to happen every week. Some students keep that enthusiasm throughout their Martial Arts journey. However most students are up and down, sometimes excited and sometimes burned out.

In my experience, whatever level of motivation a student experiences can always be increased by achievement. That's why the instructors at Leadership Martial Arts spend so much time emphasizing goal setting and personal victory.

A good example of this is our 10,000 Kicks Challenge which takes place every January and February. A famous quote by Bruce Lee explains, "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." The kick challenge pushes students to reach a goal, but the real lesson comes when they see the result of developing focused practice habits. Students always tell me they love how much stronger their kicks are after completing the challenge, and that strength carries over into their Taekwondo forms, sparring, and board breaks. It's more fun to kick when you can do it well!

Life application: In our scattered, fragmented lives, think about ways you can narrow your focus and spend time wisely on fewer things. You'll have better results, and better motivation while reaching your goals!

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