Monday, November 9, 2009

Make time

Often times I meet people who say, " I want to learn martial arts but I don't have time." I think its funny what we say we have time for and what we don't have time for. If you sleep for 8 hours a day and live to be 75 years old, you have spent 25 years sleeping. I imagine that the majority of us who work 9 to 5 spend another 25 years at work alone. Which means in 75 years of life you have only had 25 of those years to do something for yourself. If you are lucky you will live to see 75 springs. How much of this time goes by being wasted making excuses. I am not saying that everyone has to do martial arts. Martial arts is my path, it's what helps me refine and develop. At the highest level of any expression we can find our worth. In China once a person reaches a certain level of achievement people refer to them as master. It doesn't matter if they started as a martial artist, a teacher, or a cook. The end title is master.

Every path that you may choose to be successful in will be hard. You will go through great frustration, pain and hardship in ALL walks of life. The most important question is, "Do you like the direction you are going in?" Are you doing a quest that is something that lets you enjoy your journey. Even if you practice martial arts and your goal is to become great, but you don't enjoy the process of training, you are on the wrong path. We are bound by time and forced to plan our day to day activities. Save money for this, get my degree for this, etc. But in the process of reaching for these "worldly" possessions, we must have something of our own. The gift of self development can help us reach a real understanding of our purpose.

Try not to use "stuff" as a way to gauge your progress. Its the same as someone feeling that they need to have a black belt in order to be good at martial arts. The only thing that is real is your own effort. Just imagine if all the stuff that you "needed" to survive just disappeared. No house, no clothes, no money. Many people in these circumstances actually find peace of mind without the distractions of finance. Yesterday and tomorrow don't exist. There is only now. Right now you make the decision of what you want to do and who you want to be. If you want to learn to learn martial arts, get out of the chair, go outside and do it......Now.


João Érico said...


I'm João Érico from Brazil.
Reading your post makes me remember when i was younger, and it was really easy to make time.
Back in that time, i was practicing tae kwon do, but i wasnt happy with that trainning, (all my respects to tae kwon do brothers thou) even in the brazillian championship.
So, to make the "time line" shorter, i get older (but not that much, since i'm only 26 years old) but my responsabilities have consumed all my time. And that makes me even more unhappy.

Abou a year ago, (after i get my graduation and specialization in I.T. and network) i was working really hard!

But also, in that time, when i was fully stressed and tired to the limits, i give a try on pa-kua (reflexology and weapons maestries), and i can surelly say that the sun is a little brighter now, if you know what i mean.

Also, i have to say that the first of that lot of demonstration videos that you have on youtube i watched only on the last wekend, and i got really amazed by your skills.

My fiansee is practicing pa-kua with me since the first class, and we do magics to make time so we can have classes together.

Well, in the end that's a big post afterall, but i think it's important for me to show to all you people who dont have the time, that it is possible to practice or just do what you like to do.

It is hard? yes it is. But when you look back and see how much of your own path you've already done, the satisfaction and, why not, your inner peace makes it worth.

Oh, and i'm sorry for my poor english. As you can see, i can't go to Tai to practice, since i can't do any money teaching english!! lol

Keep your path.

See ya!

Warren Fox said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is good to hear that people continue to fight for what is theirs. We will keep each other on the path. Good work.

Stephen said...

Hello, Mr. Fox:

I was recently referred to your blog by a friend. I have really enjoyed reading your posts. I moved to Taiwan to teach English, and am living in Hsinchu (which is about an hour from Taipei). I am greatly interested in finding a bagua teacher. I have studied different arts over the years, but have been most impressed by bagua. I have no problem traveling to take classes. I would greatly appreciate any advice or information that you could provide. Keep up the excellent posts!

Thank you kindly,

Warren Fox said...

Stephen I sent a letter to your facebook. We can hook up whenever you have time.

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