"How would you define mastery of the basics?"
A great question from Sean on my last blog post about the RKC Level 2 and it deserves an answer.
Does a boxer ever stop perfecting his/her Jab?
Does a Martial Artist ever stop perfecting his/her stance or front kick?
Does a Kettlebell athlete or trainer every stop perfecting his/her swing?
I have made the observation before that there is a difference between swinging a kettlebell and knowing how to perform the kettlebell swing.
Everyone can appreciate the level of dedication and pursuit of perfection that Tiger Woods has placed on his golf swing, putting stroke etc... The comment..."He plays at another level" is often applied to Tiger's game. Obviously there is a difference between swinging a golf club and knowing how to swing a golf club.
But do you pursue the same level of perfection and achievement in your goal activity?
Or do you "workout"?
When I refer to mastery of the basics it is this level of pursuit that I am referring to.
I learn a bit more every time I pick up a kettlebell - sometimes it is what not to do - sometimes it is an enhancement that elevates the swing or snatch to a new level for me.
And that is just the personal physical and mental pursuit of my own mastery of the tool.
There is a whole other level of mastery for teaching and training others where the personal mastery of the principles is molded and adapted to the individual. Skill in assessing the person to be trained and trying to remove the negatives before piling on the "good stuff" and then guiding and developing that individuals mastery of the activity.
Too dramatic? Too "over done"?
Perhaps - but not to someone striving for mastery.
I demand this of myself and expect it from fellow RKCs.
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