I watched Ultimate Black Belt Test member Chan Lee on the MTV’s show MADE. The show made my eyes well up with tears of joy for Ryan.
Because I find it amazing to watch people strive through adversity and succeed. I also constantly see these amazing transformations happen at our dojo. Every time, it fills me with immense joy. I never get tired of it. It’s why we do what we do.
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I think this show provides so many lessons for our own training.
First, I’ve watched other episodes of MADE. I see one commonality in every episode – their friends, family, and boyfriend/ girlfriends become their biggest enemies. You would think the opposite would happen that everyone would rally around the person as they transform, but instead they experience jeers, jokes, relationship problems, etc. This does not mean that you need to disassociate yourself with these people just don’t accept their image of you as true. In fact, use it to propel you forward.
Second, your greatest failures are prequels to your greatest successes. I think that most people give up just before their greatest success happens. Ryan hit so many roadblocks and strived through them towards his final success. Persistence is a virtue.
Finally, find a coach to support you through the difficult times and to kick you in the a#$ when you are not motivated. As adults, most people lack and avoid proper coaching in their life. We slip into a life of mediocrity because we don’t want anyone telling us what to do (like our parents did when we were young). Unfortunately, the very people who avoid coaching are the ones who need it the most.
Chan Lee, Thank you for taking five weeks of your time to demonstrate the true value of the Martial Arts in transforming individuals. You did a wonderful job in producing an excellent show.