MARTIAL ARTS – A WAY OF LIFE
It sounds sort of strange doesn’t it that martial arts can be a way of life in this day and age?
Well, in decades gone by in some countries, martial arts were exactly that. Take for example the Shoalin Monks in China, where the martial arts were practiced on a daily basis and incorporated into their spirituality to develop both a strong body and mind. It was introduced as a way of physical exercise to strengthen the body to help them to meditate for longer periods without fatigue. Bandits were also an ongoing problem in those days, as were the dangers of traveling and so training in the martial arts had the added benefit of defending oneself efficiently if needed.
Some countries were in constant conflict with others and so trained in the martial arts to be able to defend their land, their families and their loved ones. So out of love, to protect and keep their loved ones safe, they would dedicate themselves to hours of training to perfect their skills.
So how can the martial arts fit into our way of life now?
The principles and philosophies of the martial arts go hand in hand with my personal belief system and moral position. Most would agree that good morals and ethics should be possessed by all and no less in a martial artist. Good character is extremely important in a martial artist as he or she is entrusted with specialised skills that could potentially determine the outcome of a violent assault situation. It is expected that the martial artist use good moral judgment if this situation should ever arise. Some of the attributes which the martial arts promote serve as a constant reminder to us in our training as we interact with training partners from all walks of life. Our martial arts training help us to integrate these character attributes in our everyday lives as we strive to improve ourselves as both martial artists and as people. It presents us with an opportunity to express ourselves and improve our quality of life through physical activity. Furthermore, the martial arts help to develop mental strength and teach us the skills to protect ourselves and the ones that we love. The character attributes that the martial arts teach and promote can be used in all aspects of our everyday life to benefit not only ourselves but the wider community.
Seven attributes which martial arts training help to develop are:
I’m sure you would agree that all of these attributes would be a huge benefit in our everyday way of life!
Why not make martial arts part of your life?
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