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"Self Progression Through New Challenges"

Often it is human nature to become complacent in life and forgo the thought of taking on new challenges, especially when we have become comfortable within our current situation and or lifestyle. For many, the fear of failure may keep them from trying new things or taking on new challenges. While this type of behavior is not necessarily a negative characteristic I believe it does limit the positive experiences that life has to offer and that one can encounter when they choose to take on new endeavors. Every year I personally conduct a self reflection of my own life and create a few goals that I would like to accomplish within the coming year, for the last several years most of mine have been primarily associated to academic endeavors, career development and household projects. However, just recently I decided to start on a journey by learning an entirely different martial arts system then I have been previously trained. I formerly studied up to the rank of 2nd degree black belt the art of Decuerdas Eskrima (GM Arthur Gonzalez), which is primarily a weapon oriented and highly combative Filipino martial arts style. While I have and continue to study in this particular system for over ten years I felt the need to try my hand in a more traditional system. A few months ago I took a leap of faith and walked onto the mat of a Kosho Ryu Kenpo martial arts school as a white belt. While it may have been easier for me to transition into a similar Filipino martial arts based system, I knew that if I truly wanted expand my horizons and challenge myself, studying a different system would be the only way to do so. The learning of new stances, Japanese terminology and the associating of identification names to specific movements has at times been challenging, yet all the while, extremely rewarding. By pursuing this new goal I am forcing my mind and my body to work in ways that they are not accustomed. It is this type of challenge and stimulation that has led me to ponder various martial art techniques from my foundational Eskrima system and improve upon them, thus leading to self-progression. This phenomenon can be accomplished with any new endeavor or challenge you introduce to your everyday routine. For example, taking on a new challenge and or process through cross training within your workplace can also produce a similar result and lead to self-progression. George Bernard Shaw once stated the following

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.”

Through examination of this statement it would seem that Mr. Shaw had overcome any fear he may have had and learned to overcome any self doubt and seek out new challenges. It is surprising how achieving a goal that once seemed impossible can have a profound effect on one’s life. It is through constant progression that self confidence is born and we begin to live life to our full potential. While it still feels strange to me when I glance in the mirror at the new Dojo and see my recently earned orange belt tied around my waist as I prepare to bow to my Kenpo instructors, I realize that sometimes we have to take two steps backwards in order to move one step forward. I am not sure how long I will remain on this martial arts path, but as long as it continues to introduce constant progression within in my own life then I will continue to leave my tattered black belt in my gym bag and reach for my newly earned orange belt as I join in rank and file with other classmates who are on a similar path towards self progression.

–Guro Mike Cardenas

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Comment by Joe Virata on July 15, 2010 at 12:34am
Good luck to you on this new path, Guro Mike. I have tremendous respect for your perspective on challenging yourself in order to stimulate the development of new skills, new techniques, and most importantly, new ways of thinking. We should never be afraid to go out on a limb - that's where all the fruit is.

In Unity,
Joe Virata
Comment by Michael Cardenas on July 18, 2010 at 4:26pm
Thanks Mr. Virata, "out on the limb is where the fruit is", I like that idea. I am always looking for new ways to approach or incorporate ideas into my training to avoid becoming narrow minded or stagnate in foundational FMA training. Thanks for your input. Best regards, Guro Mike
Comment by terry joven on August 9, 2010 at 12:32pm
Michael glad to hear about your new journey!! When i was younger i was cross training with a lot of different martial arts at the same time. Wanting to get certified in JKD, Bahala Na, Dequerdas, Serrada and Gracie Ju-jitsu as well as my continues training in Renbukai Karate. Altough i feel short of my goal...What i have found is that everything compliments each other...and i feel very good about my past training and enjoyed meeting all the different instructors and making new friends! Good luck on your new journey!
Comment by Michael Cardenas on August 9, 2010 at 5:49pm
Thanks Terry, DeCuerdas is my heart and soul and will always remain the foundation in which I build upon and will train in for the rest of my life. Tinkering in other systems through my FMA eyesight is always fun. I just always had a curiosity to try my hand in a more traditional system. Like you I just love martial arts and wish I could explore every art in detail and understand their concepts through their combative practices and spiritual mindset. But this would leave little time for career and family obligations. By the way our DeCuerdas graduation and BBQ will take place Saturday September 11, please send me your address so that I can send you a formal invitation.
Comment by terry joven on August 10, 2010 at 5:11pm
10451 Muirwoods ave 95209
Will the rest of the club be able to attend?
let me know!
Comment by Michael Cardenas on August 10, 2010 at 6:33pm
Very good point Mr. Melchior,
As a DeCuerdas Eskrima practitioner/student under the tutelage of GM Arthur Gonzalez we are always evolving and looking for ways for self improvement. We are encouraged to explore and try others arts and examine what could apply to increase our own effectiveness. Although my journey is just begging in the practice of Kosho Ryu Kenpo I find the stretching exercises extremely beneficial to my Eskrima training as well as the variety of kicks they employ within their art, while there are other Kenpo techniques and practices I find useful explaining them in detail would consume too much time in this response, this is only one of several examples. It is this type of cross training and self improvement mentality that helped spawn the organization known as the Kilohana Martial Arts Association which provides its members a wide exposure to a variety of martial arts styles from which to learn from. The Kilohana group is an organization in which my Eskrima Instructor and his students have ties to and have crossed trained with in numerous occasions. It is always great to work with other martial artist who are open about what they know and are willing to share it for the purpose of self improvement of the martial arts community. The one thing I always try to do however is always pay homage to those you learned from, for example I may show my students a very useful drill for footwork and encircling your enemy that was taught to me by a Kali instructor and I will let them know that this is where the drill came from. Learning form others and sharing ideas is the ultimate means of self exploration into one’s strengths and weaknesses both personally and within their own art. The only downside is that too many practitioners cannot let go of their own ego’s to take this journey of self improvement and often pass this close-mindedness mentality off to their own students. Thank you for your comments sir.
Best regards and much respect,
Guro Mike Cardenas
Comment by Michael Cardenas on August 10, 2010 at 10:06pm
Well said Ray, and the quote you mentioned sums it up beautifully your mindset already sets you above many, I remember my instructor once brought to the Dojo an Olympic speed-skater and had him show us his exercises for speed skating, my instructor had the ingenuity and intelligence to know that he could improve our explosive movements through this Olympic athletes exercise routine. To be honest, at the time I did not immediately recognize the value of this visit until a few weeks later when I was still recovering from the crazy leg workout that he taught us. Best of luck to you and your training.


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