Just a brief history of myself and then you might understand my questions!!!
I have been a 1st Dan now for around 18 yrs and hopefully will be going for my 2nd this june. I put off my 2nd when I was with the KUGB in the UK, just due to the fact that I was enjoying my training and felt I had no need to grade. I live in Aussie land and re-graded to 1st dan here and feel now is the time to go for my 2nd. This is partly due to myself being more involved with the teaching at my local dojo's.
Anyway, my schedule is this on a weekly basis.
Monday - Training at night
Tuesday - night off
Wed - I teach 3 classes
Thursday - I teach 3 classes every 2nd or 3rd week due to the roster or I help out.
Friday - night off, but once a month I go to Black Belt training which i organise or I help out at the end of school term gradings which cover 2-3 fridays in a row.
Sat - I teach 3 classes every 2nd or 3rd week due to the roster or I train.
Sunday - day off.
I also go the gym 4-6 times a week in the morning at 5.30am to do weights/cardio etc.
My observation is that I see so many of my training partners going to other martial arts like Ju-Jitsu or BJJ etc to learn other things. Some of them have just graded to 2nd Dan and they have told me that the karate club where we train doesnt provide for them anymore and they are going to train else where to get more skills etc.
Now for my self, I feel like I want to do this sometimes but I have committed myself to helping the association in training the junior grades and helping running 2 dojos. I feel that karate has a lot more to offer than what some people realise but there is no one really at the club I train at that is interested in the kata like myself and to study it to get the locks, throws to reveal it from the katas. hope that makes sense.!!!
I have been out the hospital now 7-8 months where I had most of my kidney removed due to a cancer type growth on it, I have to pad my side up when I spar and although I am lot more fitter now,( I have been killing myself down at the gym), I dont know if I could train elsewhere. i would love to do some judo or BJJ to complement my karate but the thought of being thrown hard to the ground is a bit of worry to my wife and me!!!
I am sat here aching after yesterdays karate session as I have been diagnosed with the beginning stages of arthritis in my joints especially my ankles, fingers. I constantly have to take painkillers or anti-inflammitry drugs to get me through my training sessions.
My wife is worried that I might harm my already sore body if I went into another martial art.
So my question to the forum is , should I be content with what I have got or do I aim for something higher, do I study my katas to a depth to find all the throws, joint locks and help my students find them.
I do sometimes think I am too wrecked to do another martial art and I should be more content with my training and studying my katas, and be really fit and healthy. I just get fed up with people getting to black belt and then saying that karate is no good or that the club that they train at is useless and then leaving to train elsewhere.
What do you think? I think i already know what some people might say but from another point of view might help/push me in the direction even though i dont want to go there!!!