Self Defense Martial Arts Mastery
by Greg Malszecki
A “master” is one who has the ability & power to prove supremacy or superiority, command of actions
YOU become a ‘master’ through deliberate practice (purposeful practice) over a long period with focused effort plus deep understanding of principles encoding strong mental representations into one’s trained physiology to activate the human potential to improve performance as long as they train in the right way, seek coaching feedback to identify weaknesses and strengths, model themselves upon others who have chosen to do the same work with that same intensity, apply tremendous effort to achieve certain defined decisions as goals. How much you improve is up to you. There is no point at which performance maxes out. Yet you must train in humility expecting mistakes, knowing no one is perfect.
Malcolm Gladwell was wrong about that simple fact of 10,000 hours of practice—it varies from field to field. Superior expertise requires focus to acquire comprehensive knowledge, to accomplish many different practiced skills, and to seek impeccable execution without flaws for every action consistently. How do you tell apart a master, an instructor, a senior, a rookie, or layperson? What’s your “horizon”?
Mastery in Self Defense Martial Arts is not an absolute—there are different evolutions and different levels even though so many of both which are far, far beyond “excellence.” As a person ages, they must adapt their skills and learn to change their philosophies, their abilities, their body’s capacities, and even adapt to health. But even aged masters are way above the average instructors. What’s the difference? It is more than adaptation.
The “thing” or “art” you want to master will become your entire life, so you better be sure it is something you really, truly care about—every day it demands ruthless driving effort, complete self-discipline, dedicated laser- like attention, and tons of time: low levels=12-15 years/ mid to high levels=25-30 years/ confirmed mastery 30- 70 years. You need a blueprint of how you will get there plus must learn something every day beyond excellence in your chosen field. IT’S HARD WORK. You choose! Make a decision rather than set a goal…
How to become a MASTER—breathe/move/effortless power/fun/calm/know yourself/be brave:
1) Decide upon the specific life driving you to succeed, a worthy one. Exercise your humility, mark of greatness 2) Develop a strategy to help you achieve your goal—think looooongggg term success. But question always
3) Start learning everything you can about your chosen field of expertise—follow successful models/review them 4) Be dedicated to developing skills you need to be superior: identify & practice with deep work to improve 1% 5) Set milestones to evaluate & measure your progress: How did I perform? Where can I improve? Listen…
People fail to achieve mastery not because they are not talented enough but because they aren’t disciplined enough—the potential exists in all of you, so never stop pushing higher and higher. Be honest with yourself— the key to ultimate success is acquiring as many skills as possible with power & intelligence using your human potential—it is a path all of us can follow. BUT none reach “perfect”…”Horizons” are imaginary lines. Don’t quit!