Any thing of real value and of real quality will not be given away for free anywhere especially on a YouTube video. If you had something of real value would you give it away? What would you want in return for sharing it, if it were truly that valuable? So there is some value in some of the free content out there but what you get out of it depends on what level you are at in that moment.
What do you get from something expensive that you don’t get when you get it for free? Why would you pay for something that you think you could get for free? Most people want to get the most from their training that they can in the shortest period of time and with the least effort possible. That is human nature. This applies to every product people consume not just their martial arts training.
Knowing where to find the proper information is a very valid point. Every martial artist thinks their style is the best and they will be the first one to tell you that for free.
Some people look for a better price and don’t care about the quality of the product they are purchasing. This approach may work well for over the counter Aspirin. This is not a good approach when picking a dentist or doctor. I hope this doesn’t pertain to you in the martial arts.
In order to not make a costly mistake, what must one look for in order to be the most effective that they can be, not waste any time or energy, as well as to not go down the wrong path?
There are many media outlets, such as YouTube and others that offer free information. Many people are giving things of supposed value away for “FREE”. Are they really free? In life, you will always get what you paid for.
I would like at this point to share a personal story. 25 years ago, I had a very dedicated student that trained with me for over 15 years. He had gone through the basic, intermediate, and advanced training in my martial arts system. Of course life had other plans for this gentleman. He had personal problems with his marriage, his family, as well as his job all at the same time. In any event, he had to stop training at that time to address these problems of life. The days turned into weeks, the weeks turned into months, and the months turned into years.
Fast forward to the now, this is really where this story begins. We had kept in light contact throughout the years and remained friends. I was surprised to get a phone call from this gentleman asking if he would be allowed to continue his training from where he had left off years ago. As a teacher I had my reservations about his commitment after all these years. I was to be pleasantly surprised by his renewed energy, as well as commitment to his training after all these years.
During the course of our training we spoke about what he had been doing during the many years that he not been studying in my classes. He related that though he was not training in formal classes he was doing his best to keep up his schooling in the martial arts. He explained how he had tried to keep up with this training. He then told me that he had read many books and studied many free videos to his dismay. This is when he told me why he came back to study under my tutelage. He said; “You were teaching me all along the proper techniques, in the mind, body, and spirit.” He realized that you need a flesh and blood, real live teacher. We both had a good laugh about this and that is the reason why he came back. He understood the value of what I was teaching him in the now, as well as what I was teaching him in the past. We then knuckled down to our workouts and he doesn’t miss many classes without a good reason.
So what is the moral of the story? The moral of the story is, this gentleman tried to replace the training that he was getting in a traditional formal school conduit. Through no fault of his own and not having any form of recourse, but to try and replace his training with what was at hand, such as free stuff. The point being that you get what you pay for. There is no free lunch in life. I tell all my students this time and again, that they have to pay me twice, once in a monetary form, and then in blood, sweat, and tears. I do believe that this is one of the lessons that this gentleman learned through the school of hard knocks. Pleased to say this gentleman is still training today.
Don’t make the same mistake everyone else does! Follow your own path.
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