Energy is a strange thing. We can’t see it, under most circumstances. We fail to acknowledge its presence and some even doubt its existence. But everything is made of energy. From the eraser on your pencil to the very core of your physical being, it’s all energy!
George Mattson, a karate practitioner from the United States, once wrote, “A workout should be like a painting. Each one has a characteristic of its own.” The meaning behind this is that a classroom workout is much like a painting as well. Each and every student is a separate characteristic of the class as a whole and lends one more piece to the workout.
Each and every student in the class affects the overall tone of the workout. Think about it; have you ever participated in a class where the instructor was less than motivated? Maybe he or she had a low, baritone voice with no enthusiasm behind it… You can easily guess how motivating THAT would be to the students.
The same can be said about the students themselves. If every student doesn’t put forth their best effort, they drag on the overall energy of the class. The top students will no doubt put forth their best effort and potentially raise the bar, if you will. But it’s up to each and every student to put in his or her maximum effort.
We all have bad days. Some days we may be feeling ill, tired or simply lack the motivation to give it our all. This leaves us with two options: dig deep to find the energy needed to get through the night’s training, or take a break and stay home. There’s no shame in that. Everyone needs a break on occasion, so long as it doesn’t become extended or start interfering with your overall progress. ☯