What Motivates Me to Continue?


On this Valentine’s Day, a bunch of us are expressing our love for the martial arts we study!  This blog is going to be short and sweet because I really want you to have the time to read what everyone else has to say.  I’ll provide links to others’ articles below.

What motivates me to continue studying Shindo Jinen-Ryu Karate?

I have many reasons to continue bowing, sweating, shouting, forcing my muscles to work when they want to quit, lugging mats in and out of gymnasiums, and occasionally yelping in pain. I’ll start in chronological order, as my reasons for continuing in Karate have accumulated over time.

1) My daughter wants me to train with her.

2) I need to shed some extra pounds.

3) I love kata and bunkai.

4) There’s more than enough in Karate to keep me busy until I’m no longer physically able to do it.

5) I’m growing and changing.

6) I love finding out I can go beyond where I once thought my limits were.  Facing and pushing through challenges is quite a rush!

As promised, here’s a list of the other participants’ blogs.  Please make their Valentine’s Day special and leave a word or two of affirmation in their comments boxes!

Jackie Bradbury, “The Stick Chick:”  Why Do I Train?

Katy Garden: “Love of Martial Arts

Brian Johns: “What Motivates Me to Keep Practicing Martial Arts?

J Wilson: “What motivates you to take martial arts?”


Author: Joelle White

I began training in Karate in June of 2014 after a 27 year hiatus.

8 thoughts on “What Motivates Me to Continue?”

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day! All great reasons and they are pretty much the reasons why I want to return. Not to mention it will get me out of the house for a couple of nights other than work. 😎 Plus it will give more insight as far as contributing to the blogs while being part of the martial arts family. As always good luck with your training and enjoy. All the best and full respect.

    1. And happy Valentine’s Day to you too, Steve! April is the big month for you, right? Can’t wait to hear about your experiences once you start!

  2. My reasons are pretty similar to yours although I am using it to gain muscle and thus pounds or kg as we say.

    I can happily tell you that I spent my valentines day with 5 hot, fit young men in white suits, waiting in line to sweep me off my feet. None of them were my husband yet my husband gave his blessing. Why? Because he got me started on this journey in the first place and even though he has never trained, will never train and hates watching me in kumite or seeing me get hurt, he understands how much I love it.

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