How to get back into the game after a lay-off from training

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A mother describes the challenges she faced after returning to the world of marital arts after having two children and moving to new places. She originally practiced Hapkido, but also gave Karate and Krav Maga a try. After major life changes, and struggling to keep with her fitness, she realized that returning to the sport would not be easy—and that an attitude adjustment must be in place in order to succeed and gain comfort in the dojang again.

Key Takeaways:

  • After a long time away, getting back into intense physical activity can be rough.
  • Trying new or different activities when one gets back to exercise can be rewarding but also very challenging.
  • More than anything, it’s important not to give up. Try different things and stay in the game. It pays off in the long run.

“Master Kevin Brown of the Australian Hapkido Association would often talk about the principle of a student who has a ‘full cup’ — i.e. has defined ideas of how things should be and is therefore uncoachable. The master can’t fill a cup that is already full.”

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