Yes, still here. But why?
Of course we had a break during christmas. A couple of weeks off, and other than two informal sessions and some home training.... I missed it.
People ask why do I still train? Surely I've had enough? I've "done" black belt, even had a couple of trophies (a long time ago!) so what else is there?
There's passing on some stuff I've learned over the years. We have a small training group which is good. If I'm going to do that I need to keep myself training, so that's one reason.
But what else?
Maintaining good health for one. I walk two miles to work every day (and back again!), and according to my latest health check my "health age" is younger than my "real" age by a few years.
Once you stop accumulating technique you become liberated. You are now free to explore your art and delve into whatever details you wish. Really get to know what you do, it's fascinating - so without accumulating technique there is still much to be learned. I suspect that once you stop collecting fancy moves the real learning begins. In fact I'm pretty sure of it.
Training for the sake of training, how about that? Fun, enjoyment, aesthetics, they are all still there.
The world is going mad. It gets worse every day. We have to take responsibility for our own health, safety and sanity. Keeping training training stops you from joining the madness (especially once you get over the paranoia/fear of wanting to be the toughest kid on the block).
Done right, training grows with you. The experiences of training at 40 are different to how it is at 20. And yes, you do train "smarter". Clichés yes, but believe me kids the next twenty years will fly by.