An important part of martial arts is the mental and spiritual aspects which complement the physical technique.
Convento was showing me how to go from a front stance to a fighting stance, preparing for the first three front kicks in the form. There is no question that I am a better, stronger, more precise martial artist as a result of the one-on-one time I have spent with my instructor.
Posting it here for your reading enjoyment. After the conference, I mentioned to several colleagues that I wanted to study martial arts.
But, I have spent the last three years pushing past my limits and challenging myself to do things that are uncomfortable. I tried to avoid, I tried to deny.
He kicked at the ball, and hit my foot, instead.