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Old 11-04-2003, 10:46 AM   #1
John Boswell
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Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland, Texas
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Confused Pushing your limits during training

I have a few questions for those of you who have been in similar situations before:

SITUATION ONE - Physical Limits: First one was at a seminar, I was training well the first day but eventually reached a point where I felt physically wiped out/ slightly dizzy/ unsure. I didn't want to hurt anyone or myself and I really felt like the longer I stayed on the mat, the more of a danger I was than anything else. Granted... I had been off the mat for a couple months prior to the seminar, but still... was a bit unsure of whether to keep going or not.

SITUATION TWO - Mental Limits: Had a bad night at home, fiancee' was upset with life in general and that rubbed off on me as I'm... walking out the door. (felt guilty about that) SO... I'm in class, working on technique and my mind goes blank. I called "time" and told my Sensei I really wanted to sit out doing anymore technique and that I would take ukemi at least, but that I just couldn't concentrate enough to participate and DO technique.

SO... all this is in my head, yet there are a various schools of thought that encourage "pushing through" and "push your limits" etc.

Any veterans out there have advice on what physical limits to push? How?

Mental limits to push or overcome? advice on how that's done?

Looking for feedback on this one, please. Thanks!

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