I suppose I should have insisted on no video :P but I think I needed to hear all of that mocking. it motivated me to get better and train smarter.
After many years off of all sport due to injuries sustained in rugby, I rediscovered martial arts in my late 20's (am now in my early 30's) despite having completed nearly ten years of study I am on the verge of embarking on further postgraduate studies to maintain my professional qualifications. Also, due to circumstances I'm not prepared to go into on the Internet, in order to earn enough for my wife and kids to be where they need to be right now, I commute four hours every day (not just training days). That is if everything goes right, unlike today which will see 5.5 hrs of commuting fun.
Despite this I manage to train 2-3 times a week (mainly), and my coach understands and appreciates when I simply can't get there.
I also don't allow myself to fall into the trap of thinking that I deserve special treatment/exemption for any of that. Especially when there are so many around me who are doing it tougher than me. I want to set an example for my two kids that it's not ok to give up on something you love just because it's hard.
So when I comment critically on Kerpo it is not from a position of ignorance but simply applying the same standard that I already apply to myself.
As I have said, I don't think there really are any good excuses at all. I still empathize with Timmo and respect the fact that he continues to get training in regardless. I don't think single parenting was an excuse to lose literally years of training in my 30's, but I would ask you to imaging your life, very similar to mine at the time, without the help of your wife or any member of either family. I hope you can at least respect that I tried to train at all under those conditions. As I respect Timmo for trying under his.
Sambosteve, after reading your post about the cultural shift on here, one question came up with me: Is this a situation that can be changed by reform, or do you think the mojo is gone forgood?
On a more general note:
I've always seen this site as a great way for resources and even networking, I've always been interested in meeting up whenever possible and learn from what guys like Omega,Sambosteve and esp Aesopian had to say.
Several of you know I'm (if im able and dont think you're too much of a cock) always willing to meet up and even provide a roof over your head (eventhough that happened only once).
On this site ive dealt out and ive received 'harsh comments', and im fine with that, in fact I prefer it.
Cos im used to it.
When I was training getting ready for an amateurfight for example, the guys who trained me werent exactly holding my hand, if I got lazy or lost heart they'd put a firm boot up my ass, thats how you train, right?
Sometimes a pat on the shoulder but more often then not: FINNISH THE GODDAMN SET OF PUSHUPS YOU FUCKING WEAKLING! GO ONNNNN DO IT...YEAH GOOD JOB!
Thats how you devellop character and resolve.
What I noticed in this thread were the butthurt avoiding behaviour of both Hiro and TS, it just didnt add up, and to me it shows poor mentality.
I really don't care whatever fucking excuse they bring up, amateur, just hobby, my grandma turned out to be lesbian, its not relevant.
Look at my situation as a member: I used to be somewhat relevant in martial arts, but since years im nothing more but a cripple who has some good days every now and then, doing yoga and powerexcercises to keep my back up and running.
You've seen me in the video and it was less than pretty.
And here's whats up: when anyone says I looked bad/poor/wjhatever I FUCKING AGREE with them, because based on that footage I did and at the time it really was all I could do.
I'm not bothered with these criticisms because they are correct, I do suspect that the people who've met me know I actually know what im talking about, I just can't physically execute it anymore, BUT to the people who didnt meet me I actually encourage em to NOT take my word for it.
Stay critical, dont let this site turn into a circlejerk where everyone gets a free pass cos injury/hobbyism/whatever.
In my little discourse with TS I saw all the red flags: 'ask Zendo, I dont feel like telling you what I train or for how long, I already told you, just read back, omg shut up you're bitching, ive had enough you guys are stupid im done with this.'
Hiro was even worse: left the conversation yet felt like he needed to keep reading the thread, owned up to nothing, incredibly weak move and very telling of the lack of character.
Thats what really bothers me most.
Also, as I said earlier, training isn't the only way to be involved in martial arts if it is truly a passion. I think you've found an excellent way of incorporating that into your circumstance via sharing that passion with KK.
Okay, just one post. JUST ONE THEN I STOP I PROMISE!!
@Lebell: I'll use basketball as an analogy.
Omo+Matt: "We shooting hoops. You down with that?"
TS: "Get me on the court and I'm trouble. Last week fucked around and got a triple double"
I was shutting down their game so sweet. Took a breather, but when I came back I saw Matt was holding a volleyball, and was constantly getting aced by Rivington!
So I tried pulling a Gilmore when this annoying kid named Lebell runs up the court and Hack-a-Shaqs my ass. That loudmouth can't play ball to save his life. But didn't even matter, he just curled around the tennisball and kept screaming.
So I left the court and got back to work, and he's still there doing his victory dance.
You fucktard, everyone knows Jews can't play basketball.