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Published on June 2nd, 2013 | by Arnout

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The first battle in Wing Tjun: The battle with your self

This weekend should have been a great weekend for me. Sifu Sergio and his team of international Sifus of the IWKA are hosting the IWKA Summercamp in Osnabrück at the beautiful school of Sifu Wolfgang. I was supposed to be there but in stead I was in a battle with my self. I ate something bad the night before and was sick on the first day and didn’t recover until this morning. So yesterday morning I decided I wasn’t going to feel sick in a hotel in Osnabrück not being able to attend / practice any of the teachings with full attention.

So I took the train home. For me this was a huge disappointment. The Sifus only train the entire institute a few times a year and last time I learnt so much about Wing Tjun in 6 hours that this could have been a tremendous increase of physical, spiritual and energetic knowledge. Specially since Sifu Gerard of the IWKA school in Thailand is also a Chi Gong master.

But going home was the right decision, yesterday I spent most of my day in bed having quite the stomachache and a bad headache as well.   And not practicing friday night was also advised by Sifu Wolfgang, so maybe there is a Wing Tjun lesson here for me. Last week I over trained my shoulder a little and Sije Els (one of my teachers) urged me to take it slow and easy. Friday she did the same. I have been in classes quite a lot working to improve my technique and my physical and mental stamina. I just forgot the impact of so much training.

This weekend I just listened to my body telling me it was enough and that is was time to take a step back. So some things need to change. This week is our exam week, I hope to present grade 3 over the weekend. And after that the training regime will change, partly because of the roster and partly because I have to give myself time to recover.

In my earlier opinion the battle with my self was always about pushing harder and training towards improvement. I even did P90X and the 100pushups programm. But out of all those things I forgot about the recovery that every physical training regime incorporates. And before you start adding the comment, yes this is typical behaviour that leads to a burn-out.

So the battle with my self is something else, what exactly I don’t really know yet but I can now surely say it includes recovery time and listening to my inner voice.

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Working in Business Development at ABN AMRO offers me a wide view of markets. In combination with my broad interests this results in diverse articles. On the blog you will find stuff on tech, on social issues but most about what I like to share out of my life, lots of it is of course related to the life lessons I learned in my practice of Wing Tjun.



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