Have you ever been on a go-kart? You know, the one with the wraparound bumpers that crawls along a short track? Well, imagine a kart with an engine the sound of a lion that can roar down a road at 100 kph, and a track scaled up to accommodate it. Intimidated? I sure was!
My brother once invited me to one of these. With the kind of encouragement only a brother can give (e.g. he paid for me) I drove my first lap around a pro-ish race track. It wasn’t carnival-level, but neither was it for hard core pros. Now, I’ve driven at 80 kph before, but never when the only thing between my butt and the pavement was an inch of plastic. I think I spun out more often than not, but it didn’t matter: I was hooked.
It was a new experience for me, and as a result brought revelatory perspectives and insights into how I practiced nearly anything else.
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Most action movies are mindless ‘splodey and fisticuff-y entertainment that happens to use martial arts. Martial arts movies, on the other hand, focus on the themes and philosophies of martial arts with action as a happy coincidence. For instance, many martial arts (and sports flicks) promote the values and benefits of self-confidence, training, and perseverance. But Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda took these themes to such a whole other level that few others I’ve seen match.
What makes a movie about a bumbling, fat panda so different? Well, for one thing, it’s not just about Po (the titular panda).
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So you finally decided to invest some sweat equity and put serious effort into training. Cut-off t-shirt, banzai headband, Eye of the Tiger, all that good stuff. But even after half an hour of training montages, you still suck. Maybe you suck even worse than before!
“WHY?” you cry out, kneeling on the sandy beach with your arms raised pleadingly to the sky.
Continue reading 4 Frustrating Reasons You Still Suck (Even After All That Practice)
Whether you’re learning to write or learning to ride, having a training partner can be fun and motivational. But you should be careful whom you choose to take with you on your journey to less suckage.
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