I am very excited right now, for many reasons. Hopefully you have noticed the new, rather large kicking bag on mat 1. Since moving to our new location last year, we have used mat 1 sparingly. Now, however, with the increased class sizes, we have been using this mat much more frequently, so we decided it was time to start getting some new equipment for this area. This is just the tip of the iceberg my friends. You can expect to see many, many more improvements to the front mat in the coming months.
We are 100% committed to providing the highest quality martial arts training available in the Towson and Timonium areas. That reminds me; the Hereford location opened up last week to much fanfare. We are very excited to be bringing our unique programs to the Parkton area and Northern Baltimore County.
Don't forget, glow in the dark dodgeball night is on Friday, from 5-9 p.m. There is still time to register, but spaces are filling up fast, so hurry!
For the next several weeks we will be discussing bullying and strategies to deal with it. This is a very tough thing to deal with but I have been reading some great books on this topic, and have several ideas that I am excited to share with out students!
I have a key example of self-discipline that I would like to share with you. To me, taking care of things before they become "urgent" requires tremendous self-discipline. Waiting until the last minute to start studying/cramming for a test would suggest a lack of self-discipline. If you are living a disciplined life you might begin studying even when you know the test is not until next week. Another example would be getting ready to go wherever it is that you are going while you still have enough time, so that you are not rushing like a chicken with its head cut off trying to make it on time.
I think we've all been there. I can remember more than a few nights when I was attending Towson University that I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning preparing for a test that I should have been preparing for well in advanced. Sometimes things out of our control cause us to be late or unprepared. Maybe we forgot about the assignment, which might be a separate (but related) issue.
However, in most situations, I believe that we don't really feel a sense of motivation until things become urgent. Most people can bring themselves to study for a test the night before said test. Fewer people will have the discipline to begin studying a week in advance. Yet these are the people that will thrive. Once things become urgent, we have probably already waited too long.
A much better approach would be to do a little bit of studying at a time, well in advance. This will allow our minds to process and understand what we have studied; we will actually learn it! As the test approaches, we can simply review what we have learned, and walk into the classroom full of confidence.