Since I was training with intermediate/advanced students from the day I walked in to the school, I felt like I needed to catch on fast and just hold on tight through the whirlwind. Some days I was close to the point of passing out and I even threw up a couple of times, but I kept pushing on and kept giving it everything I had. If I didn't know something, I would watch and mimic. I knew I had to put my time in the trenches and the only way to get stronger was to keep coming to class no matter how hard I was pushed at times.
With the new class format we are doing basic moves and positions that I have been doing already but I have to say I am really enjoying focusing on my basics (stances, blocks, punches and kicks) I went from intense, barf inducing classes to ones where I can breathe and focus 100% on doing things the right way and practicing it over and over and over and over....I thought that this class might not challenge me enough, but I couldn't be more wrong. Since I can focus more on the intensity of the moves I already know, I am actually pushing myself harder and getting better every day. Heck, some days I even take back to back classes to work on my endurance because I am not completely out of steam like I was after some classes.
I am grateful that I had a couple of months of super intense and difficult classes to muscle through because, trust me, if I was GOING to quit, that would have been when I threw in the towel.
But I didn't.
I hung in there.
It gave me an indicator of how much more challenging it will be for me someday down the line.
It showed me what I am really made of and damn, I am made of tougher stuff than I ever imagined.