This morning, I did forms under a tree in a park.
In my days of active training, I used to tell students that training should never be dependent on location. Too often, we get comfortable with the floors of our training hall and the direction in which we’re pointing to practice. That can, unfortunately, stunt your growth as a martial artist, and in other areas of life too. Gotta constantly step out of that comfort zone. Change directions. Shake things up.
In a perfect world, adventure and conflict happen in controlled environments. The floor is cushy, there’s air conditioning, and a water fountain in the hallway if you get thirsty. The outside world is quite different though. There ground is uneven. The weather isn’t perfect, you may find yourself with the sun in your face instead of at your back. It’s often very unpredictable. It’s under those conditions that you have the ideal training ground, because you have little control of what’s going on around you. It’s there where you have to focus, shut out the distractions, adapt to the terrain, and concentrate on the task at hand, one form at a time.
If I continue to train, the outdoor aspect will always be part of it, because doing forms in unfamiliar surroundings is quite analogous to dealing with life and its uncontrolled environment, distractions, and unpredictability.
This morning, I practiced forms under a tree.