Ok, here's a question that I've run into recently. When does one know when they need to move on? As most of you know I belond to a traditional (but progressive...yes, sounds conflicted, because it is!) dojo. I did the whole "got my blackbelt" thing...and find myself thinking "so now what"? I've struggled over the last few months to improve my sparring, groundwork, bagwork, strength...basically my new objective has been to look at some possible amateur full-contact fights (not necessarily MMA, maybe kickboxing or whatever I can find here in the area).
I got bitched out last week by my Sensei because I "never wear my gi anymore" (code for spending too much time in gi pants and a t-shirt, working in the gym or hitting bags and not enough on kata/class). It drove home how much I think I've moved away from my traditional training in many ways. This is not to say I intend to leave it, I like where I train and the people I train under/with. But I don't think I can ONLY train there much longer without feeling smothered. Paradoxally, there are several EXCELLENT teachers with DECADES of experience to teach...I can't possibly have exhausted them as resources yet...so how do I know when I need to move on? I'm sure this is a common situation, so any inputs?
I ask one thing...please don't turn this into a MMA vs. TMA crapfest. I haven't asked for what arts to add to my repetoire, because that's my business. Maybe I'll stick with TMA, maybe not. It's not really relevant because either way one can outgrow their current place of training. I'm just curious what others have done in this situation and why?
"I would never, in my life, wear black silk underwear" -Classic JCVD