You’ve heard of King Tut, right?
He’s one of the most famous Egyptian pharaohs.
When his tomb was originally discovered, it was one of the only tombs that hadn’t been completely robbed.
Do you know why?
For one, it had a curse inscribed over the entrance – and no one wants to be cursed. But more importantly, it was unassuming. It was just a simple stone tomb without all the flash of gold and jewels that adorned other tombs.
Tut died suddenly at a young age, so his tomb was thrown together quickly. It lacked the size and extravagance of some other nearby tombs. Even the one directly adjacent to Tut’s is larger with a more obviously grand entrance.
Yet behind this seemingly simple exterior were riches that would entice any would be grave robbers. Yet it remained unopened for thousands of years.
Martial Arts, and even day to day life, is often like this.
We see the flashy and amazing feats that look so good on television or in the movies, but miss out on the treasures found inside the simple and unassuming. Some people look to become wildly successful competitors one day, but ignore the simple act of getting into the dojo daily.
When it comes to techniques, people get almost hypnotized by the whirly twirly movements and high flying leaps and flips. When in reality they would be better served to focus on something a little more fundamental. They’re like the grave robbers looking for treasures in the wrong place.
And that’s one of the things we pride ourselves on at our dojo. Our classes may not be flashy or cool to watch, but they are undeniably effective. We teach “bread and butter” concepts for self defense that we know will work.
Whether it’s on the mats or off, be mindful of becoming too caught up in the flash. It’s the little things you do that make the flashy stuff work. In many cases, our treasure lies in the simple and mundane.