Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 Goals

I decided to write out some Kajukembo goals I have for 2012. While thinking about these goals I realized that at this point in my journey, my goals must be humble and rooted in an understanding of my current level of skill and ability. Because of this, I came up with only two goals; two simple yet powerful goals.

Any more and I would be fooling myself as to what is possible to achieve in a single year. Self-delusion is a good way to set yourself up for failure.

My 2012 Goals:

1. Improve my strength, flexibility, conditioning, and balance. This is possibly the most important of my goals as this forms the basis for improving my footwork, stances, stamina, and power. I'll be working out more consistently outside the Kajukembo sessions; focusing on Yoga-like stretching, core strength, speed, and powerful whole-body movements.

2. Increase my understanding of the underlying Kajukembo concepts. Understanding the "why" and not just the "how" will allow me to adapt and apply the techniques we're learning to new situations and to learn new techniques more quickly. It will also allow me to modify the techniques to fit my body structure. You see, I have "monkey arms" and long legs that make some of the techniques difficult to perform -especially on shorter opponents (I know you're thinking, "reach advantage," but it also has some drawbacks). Understanding why we do the things we do and not just going through the motions will improve my overall effectiveness in all aspects of the art.

These are my goals for 2012. That's all. They're intentionally general in hopes that accomplishing these two things this year will set me up for more dramatic improvements in the next few years.