[NR] Driving, practices, etc...
lcampbell at oltn.odl.state.ok.us
Wed May 18 11:11:05 PDT 2005
I think it is a very cool idea to promote an individual group's local
practice once a month. With 9 groups in the region that'll take the
better part of a year to spotlight each group (if every group
participates). I'm not sure you'll see vast improvements in fighting
skills (especially in those who don't travel to every single regional
practice), but the groups themselves will benefit from the PR and from
the new faces.
I also thought it was a smart idea for the greater OKC metro groups to
schedule shared practices - both because it means they don't conflict
and because fighters from 3 different groups get the benefit of working
with more - and more experienced - fighters on a regular basis.
In either scenario everybody wins.
That said, I just wanted to say that driving is a fact of life for
up-and-coming fighters who want to train with the best teachers and/or
the most varied selection of fighters as possible. I used to spend
about 4 hours a week driving to 2 practices in addition to the one my
local group sponsored. To me, the drive wasn't something to complain
about (though I'm sure I did a little of that). It was just the price
of improvement. Granted, not every fighter needs that much practice,
but I definitely did. In my case it wasn't a variety of fighters that I
needed in order to improve. It was practice time with specific teachers
who could push me to do better.
Anyway, the only point I was trying to make is that those who want to
improve as fighters will always have to find practices where there are
teachers they can learn from. If the teachers come to them once in a
while that is especially cool, but if they live in a more remote corner
of the state that isn't always going to happen. And even if it does
happen, it will be an irregular thing (in my experience great strides in
improvement only come with *regularly* being pushed to excel).
Ironically, being in the center of the region doesn't guarantee that you
will drive less. I remember Barn driving from OKC to Lawton once a week
to practice with his knight (about 3 hrs round trip). There's no way
to make personal improvement simple or convenient. Sometimes you just
have to go where the teachers are even if the drive is long and gas is
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