Tips from 2010 #20
TODAY'S TIP: There's no such thing as a BAD training partner, so long as 1) he doesn't have any intent to really hurt you, and 2) you are disciplined enough to ignore your ego and focus on improving yourself through the GC principles. Even if your training partner is stiff, spastic, and keeps changing speed, as long as he is not really damaging you, you CAN stay relaxed and learn--IF your ego allows you to. Always try to move a little slower than your partner (whatever speed he's moving) and stay balanced, loose and unitized. Yes, if he keeps changing speeds and applying strength, he'll miss out on the learning opportunity and you'll get hit a lot. However, as long as those hits are not damaging to your body nor hitting the eyes, throat or groin, they DO NOT MATTER from an ego perspective, and you should simply try to move with them, not caring whether you're "successful" or not. In this way, you'll be able to remain loose and balanced and COMFORTABLE, even while your training partner messes around with strength and speed. Again, the only limitation to this is if he really has intent to hurt you, or doesn't understand his own strength and speed to the point where he'll hurt you accidentally. If that's the case, simply don't work with the person, or ask to slow things down. If your ego doesn't allow you to do this, you're wasting your time trying to learn GC.
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