Teaching and Training, trying to balance

Teaching and Training, trying to balance

I have been doing more teaching than training for the last month. I am finding that teaching karate classes are quite suited to my personality. I get to boss people around, they obey… it is quite fantastic. It also has me using my creativity, making sure people remain engaged while still learning their material and constantly improving. SO yeah, teaching is apparently my thing. I always seem to end up in that sort of Matron role.

The problem with teaching, I am not training as much! Four hours of my evening time, that was once devoted to my own training has now become teaching time. The reality is that teaching is no where near training. Not if you want to do so properly. To combat this, I have been arriving to class early, staying late but it is still not quite enough.

From my Black Belt Presentation (had to remove all the other people, not sure how they would feel about their images being used)
From my Black Belt Presentation (had to remove all the other people, not sure how they would feel about their images being used)

Finding time to train is becoming difficult. My day is filled with work obligations, I am trying to create so much new content on a regular basis. As well as doing phone sessions, Skype sessions, chat sessions… you get the idea. Basically, there are not enough hours in the day. And I am really at a loss on how to combat this conundrum. While I want to continue teaching, and love doing so, I also have my own material to work on. A lot of material to work on. My ambition for Nidan this October will likely not come into fruition but I still have so much work to do.

My ideal practice is 2 hours a day. Where am I going to find those extra hours. It was suggested that I spend my mornings practicing. But I love my mornings. My morning are completely about me. I ritualistically make coffee, sit on my balcony and just let my mind wonder. There may be a book involved too. I need that time and am not willing to sacrifice it. Perhaps it is time to change my ideal time to something more reasonable. An hour would probably suffice. Finding an hour during the day is far less daunting a task than two hours.

How much time do you devote to training, working out, running, etc a day?

À bientôt,

Ambre Jade

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