Andrew sat on the makeshift bench and reflected on enjoyment. He compared two days; one compromising of Chinese kickboxing, grappling and acrobatics while the other was centred on forms. Forms practice can be thought of like learning a dance. The sequence has practical applications but is practiced independently.
Andrew gravitated towards the first day. Was it because the techniques came naturally to him? Perhaps, but for the most part the movements were foreign. He struggled with grappling but loved the concept behind using leverage and sudden movements to get the opponent to the ground.
Forms practice he found tedious. He knew it would help his coordination and had his mind working on a different level, but the enjoyment simply wasn’t there. He couldn’t see the practical application of the movements.
It’s OK to not to like things, he gathered, even where it may yield a benefit. As long as you’ve trialed the activity for a period of time, not simply a one-off session, than you’re free to say, “Hey, I gave it a go and it wasn’t for me”.
Of course, Andrew wasn’t afforded this freedom at the academy. However, he could still manipulate the sessions dedicated to forms. While he would still practice the sequences, he also added in aspects of basic training. He covered kicks, punches and combinations to fill in the time, improving competency in these areas.
Experiment. Give it time. Make a decision. Back that decision.