Your Body Your Rules
This post is rather short, but I hope it’s still worth reading.((Editor’s Note: It definitely is worth reading. Thank you, Maja! — Sarah))
In a martial art there is usually an instructor telling everyone what to do, when to do it and how to do it. It’s important to listen to your sensei because there’s usually a reason for what they tell you. Your sensei will also push you. A lot. It’s their job! They’ve got to take you a step or two out of your comfort zone and that’s really important for you to learn and grow!
Now though I’m gonna tell you something I bet you don’t hear often enough: You can choose not to do what your sensei tells you to and you don’t have to feel bad about it. Your sensei doesn’t know everything about you. They don’t know all of your physical and mental health. They can’t always know your boundaries. This means that every now and then what they tell you to do isn’t right for you. It might be some other time, but right now it isn’t and that’s ok.
It can be simple things. Maybe your sensei has decided that today is a really good day to have a seriously tough and intense training. Everything is full speed, you’re doing loads of strength work, whatever. That particular day though you’re just not in shape for that. Maybe you had a super intense workout yesterday and your body is pretty much ruined that day. Maybe you didn’t sleep well. That’s ok! Slow down. Do it at a pace where you’re still pushing yourself a bit, but not too much for your body to handle. Your sensei tells you to go faster again? Well, I hereby give you my permission to completely ignore that and listen to your body instead. Seriously, you can even sit down if you want!
I’m still not saying you should generally not listen to your sensei. If they want to push you and your only reason for not doing as they say is, “meh, don’t feel like it today,” then maybe you need to think about how you’re treating your sensei. All I’m saying is that your sensei can’t listen to your body for you. You have to take responsibility for your own body and health cause you’re the only one qualified to do that.
Your body. Your rules.