It’s been fantastic to watch athletes at such a high level of expertise. I have such a deep respect and regard for the sacrifice, hard work, and dedication it takes to be at an Olympic level. Although we train hard at the temple, I cannot imagine the rigorous schedule these athletes have to keep up with. They truly all deserve GOLD just for achieving that level of expertise.
My husband Oscar is a reader. He loves to read! He reads books on health, fitness, and anything intellectually stimulating. Many modern books, such as Outliers, summing up, states it takes 10,000 hours of work to achieve mastery. Interestingly enough, our kung fu history tells us that the GIM, or double edge sword, is one of the most difficult weapons to ‘master’. In our Wah Lum handbook it states that the gim takes 10,000 days to master. Interesting how the same 10,000 number is mentioned as the recent modern studies. It does not mean that your learning is finished; rather, it is a new beginning.
The best thing about Oscar reading so often, is that he is always sharing interesting information with me. I recently tweeted one related to the Olympics. “The difference between an Olympic level athlete and an average athlete, is that the Olympic level athlete understands the importance of practicing just the basics.” I’m guessing maybe 10,000 hours of basics! Kung fu practitioners who want to improve need to take this lesson to heart. Basics is the most important thing…and if you want to be really good, start your 10,000 countdown NOW!