Sunday, August 28, 2011

Home Schooling - Great Leaps In Performance Through Steady Practice


Song:  Long Train Running

Group:  The Doobie Brothers



(These are pictures of earlier practice sessions)

Just last week, Alex had performed so perfectly in Karate practice.

As I take him 4 times a week to his practice...
and watch the class...
always watching for any weak areas to work on when we get home...
he had one of those magical days where everything just came together.

We average another 1 hour of practice of Karate as soon as we get home.

I drill him on the basics of striking using focus mitts and a kicking shield.

I also drill him on sparring basics...
Bobbing and Weaving...
Parrying...
and closing the distance.

I will be covering slipping and counter punching soon.

I have constantly reinforced the absolute need for...
 smooth...relaxed...economical motion...
which gives fluidity and power.


As I had watched him in his class...
he had great...
 fighting spirit...
stance and guarding...
powerful delivery...
timing and breathing.

I was so proud of him.


I had taught him one of the most powerful and damaging kicks
in all of martial arts...
the Muay Thai shin kick.

I also have him practice the Front Kick.

These two kicks incorporate the two basic methods of 
the delivery of power from the body...
Thrusting...
and Rotational force.

The same principle applies for the punches...
for the thrusting motions 
(power from the ground up)...
the jab...
and the reverse punch (cross).

For the rotational motions...
the hook...
and the back fist.

There are a large number of kicks and punches out there...
however, with just these basic ones mastered...
the principles apply to all.


I have always stressed to him 
that Karate is not a game of tag...
without power...
it is meaningless.


He seems to understand that now.


He is looking forward to my teaching him some basic grappling moves.
I will cover basic hooking and locking.
I will also have him formerly trained in some of the grappling arts later on.



Right after his at home practice...
he practices the flute.

He also did an extraordinary job on this day with the flute.

His timing, in the song he is practicing, was very good.
He had hit all the notes and his breathing was so much better...
as was his posture.

Now...
this brings this article to the real principle
behind this sudden great leap in performance.

Actually, I shouldn't be surprised.

It is exactly what I told him to expect...
that great rewards in life come with steady practice.

I was just so surprised that everything seemed so perfect on this day...
all at once.

I also told him that...
 although he should expect to now perform at a higher level...
that there will be some days where he will have some problems...
even with formerly well learned moves.

But...
on the whole...
he could look forward to many more...
great leaps in capability.

Just as in Karate or Music...
in Academics...
and in everything in life...

it is through diligence...
the quantity of quality practice...
that he will master his world.

I told him to remember this day...
that it had come through for him...
only because of his steady and unrelenting daily practice
(he practices every day - less on weight training days...but still some).

Right after his practice...
he saw the look on my face...
I am sure it had told him everything he wanted to know.


The look on his face told me everything on this day.

He was quietly extremely proud of himself...
as well he should have been.


What makes me so relieved and so very proud...
is my knowledge that this day will stay with him.

Should he ever feel under pressure...
I know that this lesson will prove to be his refuge.

He will always KNOW...
that all he has to do is apply himself...
with steady and great effort...
and he will have...
over time...
steady and great results.

This is the very basis for...
Deferred Gratification.


Great days come...
not through providence or luck.

It is the culmination of correctly applied effort...
steadily...
daily.


With achievement...
comes love of self.

With love of self...
comes love of others.

Love is the great flavor in the feast that is life.

Without love....

well, like the above song says....  :)








4 comments:

  1. Karate and music are a great combination aren't they? Well done Alex!

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  2. Thank you voyager. It is especially wonderful how Alex has come along physically as he was especially uncoordinated earlier in life. As a child on the spectrum...we have been working diligently on coordination, organization, as well as on other typical deficits.

    He has blossomed well because of his applied efforts. He has such a great attitude.

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  3. Nothing builds confidence like achievement. Great job, Alex!

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  4. Yes...so true. And nothing ensures achievement like daily quality practice.

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