Patience is a skill that seems to be rapidly disappearing from our society. We live in an age where everything becomes available quicker, if not instantly. Information is within reach in a matter of seconds, thanks to ubiquitous technology. We can now even skip through ads and credits to the start of the next episode of our favourite TV show streamed online. But what is that teaching us, and our children, about patience? In martial arts, we learn that it takes time to build self-confidence in our skills in applying the techniques that we learn. It may feel like it takes only a lesson or two to understand the basic movement involved in learning a new skill but, once you start practising it, y

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