Fear in Martial Arts Part V
The other problem that fear causes in the Martial Arts is that it can produce a mental state which prevents us from learning. A common form of this is the student who comes to the class with something to prove. Often this is someone who has learned another style or the same style somewhere else. He wants the rest of the class to know this so badly because he feels threatened. Even if you have the best natured class in town, the fact that it’s a Martial Art class is enough for some people. As a result, he or she will try to impress the teacher and the rest of the class. Being afraid to let his fear show, training time becomes a time for proving that he is not afraid of whatever he is afraid of. During this time he or she is not learning or improving at all.