“In order to grow a healthy bonsai tree, you must clip it here and there so that its’ full beauty will shine through.” I’m paraphrasing something Sensei Donnie said during our lesson today. We were discussing what to do if a particular technique wasn’t working for us. Do we throw the whole thing away? No. We make adjustments so that it will suit our needs and physical stature. Instead of a backfist to the nose, maybe an elbow will work better. Instead of kicking the knee, maybe we should stomp on the foot instead. He encouraged us to question and challenge everything we’ve been taught in order to become better martial artists. — Patty.