|Drawing from Bruce Lee's Journal|
There are several reasons you would want to write a journal. The first reason is that your journal is a road map of where your marital journey has taken you. If you want your art to grow, you have to occasionally look back at where you were. It works as a record for that journey. You'll be surprised how much you forget. The physical act of writing down all that information creates a stronger memory link. You learn more from writing something down, than just listening to it. On that same idea, by thinking about your performance of your art, you become more cognizant of it. You start looking at it more carefully. If your martial art is more of a competition based art, then this gives you a written record for achievements and goals.
Second, seeing it all written down lets you know what your weaknesses are and where to concentrate your study. I've found that my martial studies are cyclical. Every so often, I rotate what it is I want to concentrate on. Sword, aiki, jujutsu attacks, groundfighting, sword, aiki, etc. By doing looking at your own pattern, you can see if you really do need more practice/concentration, or is it just a change of interest? Are you improving or just moving on?
|Bruce Lee's Personal Journal Became a Classic Book|
Fourth, you never know what the future will be. Some day in the future, after the zombie apocalypse, you'll have to reintroduce the art. Or at the very least you'll be able to write a book about your art. Or you could end up forming a "new" martial art. Bruce Lee did, and his personal notes on philosophy and combat became the book "The Tao of Jeet Kun Do," and its a classic.
In the end, the journal is first and foremost written for you. Your entries are messages to your future self. They are secrets that you'll forget, and then only when you read them, will you get to experience them all over again.
Next time I'll write on HOW to write in a journal.