training for perfection

Like so many other traditional martial arts, in Tang Soo Do we practice for perfection physically, mentally, and spiritually. We know full well that there is no such thing as perfection, but the philosophy in training is to try to achieve as close to perfection as we can. There are many reasons for trying to achieve perfection in technique through hard work and persistence. One such reason is that in the anxiety and adrenaline rush that comes with a confrontation we rely on our training to see us through safely. If we practice for perfection, in the heat of that moment we will be extraordinary. If we practice for very good, we may be good enough. If we practice for good enough, in the chaos of the moment of confrontation, we will be in trouble. So we strive for perfection knowing it is not attainable, but knowing it is what will carry us through in that moment of stress.

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