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Zujitsu Ka
7/17/2003 1:21pm,
I have been training for lots of reasons over the years. first I wanted to learn how fight better. Then it was to achive rank. Then it was to keep in shape. Then it was in case soem big strong guy came looking for me. Now I just love to train and since I teach I must continue.

What motivates you ? Do you find new ways to keep motivated ?

MuayThaiChick
7/17/2003 1:24pm,
My boyfriend motivates me. He is the instructor, so I push myself to try and be the best. And plus Master Sensei is really nice. I figure, I better give it my best to show them I really care. plus it is fun, I enjoy fun things!

Dark Days, Bright Nights

Punisher
7/17/2003 2:06pm,
For me it's simple, my life is better when I do martial arts. It's something that I seem to be pretty good at and have a geniune interest in. Also there is always room for improvement.

Being laid up with my neck injury (car accident, I'm okay but have a couple months of physical therapy before I can resume serious training for those of you who don't know the story) has really show me how big a part of my life MA really is and how much I miss it. At this point I can do some katas and some light back work and stuff, and even that is stiffling.

I also enjoy the mental aspect, coming up with and test new ideas, theories, and strategies. In that way this forum serves to motivate me. Even if my body cannot train, there is no reason my mind can't.

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Fisting Kittens
7/17/2003 2:21pm,
I don't need to motivate myself, in fact I have to motivate myself to take breaks (for school or work or whatever). Its in my blood. every time I quit MA for awhile, I just start dreaming about it, itching for it. My temper gets quicker and my stress levels increase. As soon as I go back I feel human again. I honestly can't envision life without martial arts.

MTChick: Did you start training at that school because your boyfriend teaches there or did you start training there and then date your instructor?

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Shut up and train

CrimsonTiger
7/17/2003 2:47pm,
I have to admit, I agree with FK on this one...I find myself itching to get back at a bag or onto the mats after a while away.

At the same time, motivation does tend to ebb and flow...but it's more of a general tendency in my life. When I feel like THE MAN and everything is going right (career, dating, etc.) then you can't stop me from training...I'll work gangbusters, then go train for 3-4 hours, then meet up with a gf, have a great time out for late dinner/drinks and then f-...uhh...nevermind. You get the picture.

But when things suck, they SUCK, and not in a good way. I become crabby and irritable, listless in many ways, relationships suffer (or disappear completely, as was the most recent case, although there were other issues there)...training becomes more of a chore, but it's still something I do consistently. The big problem at this point is that I become aggressive and perhaps a little dangerous at times. We're not talking about crippling, but if I'm sparring, I become more aggressive and am more likely to leave extra bruises...or lock you up a bit tighter than necessary on the mats.

It's not an ego thing, I'm simply human and subject to moods. I've noticed it over the years of training. Which is another thing I've gained...better self-awareness. In every sense.

Regards,
CrimsonTiger

"Good is the enemy of Great" - T-shirt seen on Queen Street, Toronto

Wu De
7/17/2003 2:56pm,
I hang out with Monks.

But not for much longer boo hoo, hmm...i wonder if there are any Shaolin Monks living in Taiwan...

Dr_Santo
7/17/2003 3:13pm,
MA makes you strong in mind and body. You're one step above "normal" people. Better balance, reflexes, shape, cardiovascular activity, senses...

I like that, besides the "internal peace" and the COMPETITIONS!

PizDoff
7/17/2003 3:54pm,
I don't need to motivate myself, in fact I have to motivate myself to take breaks (for school or work or whatever). Its in my blood. every time I quit MA for awhile, I just start dreaming about it, itching for it. My temper gets quicker and my stress levels increase. As soon as I go back I feel human again. I honestly can't envision life without martial arts.


Exactly.....right now i'm experiancing MA withdrawal since i'm not training this summer....

my desire to get better and become superior also motivates me


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Hard work, Patience, Dedication.
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nedhinkly-"You are little more than a thug, street trash, if you will. I think from now on I will call you street rat, after a character in one of my favorite movies of all time."

CrimsonTiger
7/17/2003 5:31pm,
First you'd have to make it out to your own city's McThrowdown there, Piz...then you can harbour ambitions of ruling the world. ;P

Regards,
CrimsonTiger

"Good is the enemy of Great" - T-shirt seen on Queen Street, Toronto

Dibble
7/17/2003 5:54pm,
All I know is that unless I get my regular MA 'fix', I get *real* cranky.

If it was a really excellent training session--sweaty, bruisey, and fingers that can barely grip the stupid soap--I've even been known to hum in the shower afterward.

patfromlogan
7/17/2003 5:57pm,
Somehow, somebody taught me to work out as hard as I could. So I try hard. Instructors have come to me and said how they like the way I train. So all I have to do is show up and it's automatic.

And if I miss class, I do start to miss class, if you get my drift, and start feeling withdrawl pains. I like the way my body feels when I train often. It feels soft and yucky when I slack off.

Boyd
7/17/2003 6:22pm,
Love.



Guilt.


Boredom.

THIS IS BOYD WHEN HE'S RUNNING FROM THE SCHOOL YARD AFTER GETTING BEAT UP: boydrunner, beep beep, that coyote's after you, beep beep, boydrunner if he catches you, your through. --Jamoke, winning the hearts of children worldwide

stompinghobbit
7/17/2003 7:57pm,
How do I motivate myself? In short look at my signature.

PizDoff
7/17/2003 8:11pm,
"First you'd have to make it out to your own city's McThrowdown there, Piz...then you can harbour ambitions of ruling the world. ;P"
no, first of all i have to get off my lazy ass!

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Hard work, Patience, Dedication.
http://www.fightauthority.com/


Edited by - pizdoff on July 17 2003 20:11:42

baltasargracian
7/17/2003 8:19pm,
I motivate myself firstly by the good feeling I get when I learn new stuff, and secondly when I rememeber how weak I used to be and some of the fights Ive had over the years, and the injuries sustained.

Plus the fact that ive almost died from some of those injuries, helps give me added motivation when it comes to training.

GRECO
7/17/2003 9:21pm,
I just want to be better! Better and better!