Most people want to be successful in their lives, but make the mistake of defining success as a destination rather than a lifelong journey. As you progress through your Martial Arts journey you will set goals, these will give you purpose and direction but as Shihan Phil explains in the above video, it is the journey that is important and not necessarily the outcome. In many cases the goals may change as you work your way through them. The real value of setting goals is not in the goals themselves but in the person you become as a result of working on your goals. It is learning about yourself as a person, about growing and stretching yourself, about stepping out of your comfort zone and about manifesting more of your potential. This is the real reward.

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Hey team, Shihan Phil Britten here. And in this video, I want to talk to you a little bit about the standard that we expect here at WAIMA, from all of our instructors. You see, we pride ourselves on keeping all our students to a high standard, and not so much a time frame. So yes, there are I guess expected time frames that someone might get a tip or a belt, but if you’re not ready, you’re not ready. Our instructors have been doing martial arts for nearly their entire life. And it’s really our professionalism that helps you reach the goals that you want to achieve. Being fantastic, well-rounded, and skilled martial artists. In the physical, mental and emotional sense.

So as us, priding ourselves on keeping people to a standard not a time, my question to you or what I would love to share with you is, don’t chase the belt, don’t chase the tip. Remember it’s a journey, and when your instructor says you are ready, that is when you are ready. Enjoy your journey. It’s whats important and you have to remember that. Don’t try and get to the destination too fast. Martial arts is a life long long journey and not something that you just get and leave with. Martial arts will be with you for life, so make sure that you’re coming to training regularly, trust your instructors’ instincts and the decisions that they make, and you will turn into an amazing martial artist.

Stay tuned guys, and I’ll see you in my next video.