I kept making the same mistakes; coming half an hour before each practice and every time I was asked if I wanted to continue, I said “yes”…
On the 10th lesson, my coach said: “good, this is a whole different level you’re at, it’s time to take this to the group level”
I had no idea what he was planning…
At the end of the next group practice that followed my 10th one-on-one lesson, my coach said to me that if I want to take the exam I will have to complete just one more thing.
We were 15 in the group, all in great shape and fitness and fight really good, I even started to enjoy fighting myself at that part.
There was only one guy I was terrified from; 2.10 meters, ex-special forces dude that came to “have fun” – All to all he was a really nice guy but I kept my distance from him.
I was supposed to fight him and give a “decent” punch or kick that would stop him in his place – that was my goal!
At the end of every group practice, I will have my chance to win myself an entry ticket for the black belt exams.
You can imagine the disappointment I felt the first time I lost the fight, and the second, third, forth all the way to the 12th fight!
By that time I knew every move he can throw at me and basically I had nothing to lose.
sometimes, what you consider to be a mistake, when you look back, it seems to be the most important step you make!
Every time I got early to my private hell training and every time at the end of each session I said that I wanted to continue I was going one step closer to my goal.
“if you are going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill – On the 12th fight, I got my win.
The black belt exam was not a big deal for me and a year later I even passed a second black belt in a different discipline, Krav Maga, just for the fun of it.
I was in a completely different set of mind, the training from hell as I call it, at that time it seemed to be the worst thing I have ever signed up for. But now, if I look back, it was a game changer for me!