hey guys, hows everyone?
do any of you guys train in public? or outdoors?
if so, do you get people who pass by laughing at you and stuff like that?
dont you just want to go and kick the crap out of them?jp.
I train outdoors most of the time. Over time, I've noticed that people only seem to be attracted to the hard style stuff I do if they are looking for trouble. If I do tai chi they don't even bother.
I've been mocked by a drunk or a kid, but I only really lost my patience once. But it was my fault for practicing at night. A teenage boy was mocking me from a distance, purely to impress his girlfriend. What can you do? Beat him up? I just left.
I've made a lot more friends of curious people( including a few of those same teens), and from fellow martial artists who approach me, and even gained a student, by practicing in public, so I believe the benefits outweigh the problems in my case.
One of my taijiquan instructors seem to think that it was part of your training to learn how to deal with these so-called embrassing moments. He seem to think that if you can keep your cool (staying "centered")and not "life" bother you, especial things that you can't control like what people think of you (among other things), then over time you will truly learn how to relax and become a happy individual, and as you do so your body "changes" as well. Easier said than done I know, but he seems to think that this is the "secret" to taijiquan. Go figure. He is the best taijiquan guy I ran across though.