Courtesy of Lamar Davis who posted this on his Facebook:
“Fitness is not about being better than someone else
It is about being better than you used to be”
That made me react on a few things
The other day someone asked me why I had makeup on, and if it was because I wanted to look better than other women.
I never even thought about this in that way , and NO , while putting makeup on in the morning , I don´t think about other women, all I think about is to do something about my face so I don´t scare myself in the mirror, it is about me and nobody else.
I can relate this to what actually happened to JKD Sweden and this is the reason why we don´t post anything anymore on social medias.
First, a quite huge argument began some years ago with some of our JKD fellows in the States, Instructors argued among themselves basically on who was better than the other one, then we were attacked by their students who verbally trashed our training and thought they were entitled to criticize us and our videos , instructors also attacked our students verbally and last, Mikael was stabbed in the back ( figure of speech) by a so called friend instructor.
I am not reviving any old feelings here, I am just saying that comparing ourselves to other people will lead to this behavior, people want to be better than others instead of focusing on their training and on what we can bring to each other.
There will not be any more videos or posts on how we train, JKD Sweden will not show what we do, we are training all by ourselves and we don´t need to prove anything to anyone.
What is important to me is my progression, my journey and my experiences , meeting people who do their thing, better or not it does not matter, when I look at other groups training I am happy they are keeping JKD alive, I have no opinion on what they do right or wrong.
JKD made me better than I used to be a a person and as a student, I don´t put myself on a piedestal and pretend I earned any status, I certainly don´t but I am happy about my progression and there is a long way ahead, , I accept it.
Now I know I will probably get my ass kicked the day I meet the grandmaster in heaven! but I still have some time to improve 🙂
Bruce and Jackie Chan (right) on the set of Enter the Dragon.