十年磨一剑

十年磨一剑

"It takes ten years to sharpen one sword"


This is a common Chinese proverb that one says to an impatient person.  The origin of this comes from a Tang Dynasty poem roughly translated as "Swordsman," by Jia Dao.

Anything great takes time and effort to accomplish.  In martial arts, mastery of a technique takes practice.  Therefore, a person should not be discouraged when they do not execute a technique correctly at first.  One needs to accept that they are a beginner and continue practicing.

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