Thoughts on genuine practice

by Stephen LaBounty (2008-07-05)

Always practice with a purpose.

"Practicing without a purpose is like a broken pencil: pointless."

These words by guitar virtuoso Scott Tennant ring true in just about everything, but for me particularly in Kenpo. You need a clear idea of what you need to practice. Organize the hierarchry of items you want to improve upon. Some are long term goals, but within those long time goals are smaller goals (like improving your strength) that can be accomplished in one or two good practice sessions.

Actually, if you think about it you have two choices: to improve or to go downhill. If you practice without getting anything done, you've either not concentrated hard enough or put too many things on the menu for the day. Next time, focus on smaller goals. Allowing yourself to make even a bad technique, basic, or form pass muster without taking steps to correct it is not acceptable. Any chance you waste to train something well is a step downhill, for there is always something on which you can improve, no matter how small, whenever you begin your practice.

So, there is Practice and there is Training for "it". The common thread between the two is the simple discipline we cultivate of striving for that little glimmer of excellence.