Recent conversation has got me thinking on this topic. How does one improve in these arts? So much is misunderstood even today, so it seems that there is a hard row to hoe for those looking to improve themselves. There are a few hints I've gleaned over the years but it would be interesting to hear other's opinions. I would say that the biggest components of making positive steps forward are: 1) Know what you want to improve on. 2) Know whether you are on the right track and if not, know to get off and find another. 3) Utilize as many resources as possible in your study. 4) Practice until it hurts. 5) Learn to let go. 6) Understand the progression and what comes with it. 7) Strengthen one's will, drive, and desire and dissolve it when the time comes. 8) Don't hold onto crutches. 9) Learn to be sensitive. 10) Never give up but be smart about your tenacity.