What does Martial Arts mean to you?
Is it a flurry of
bodies, fists and feet? Is it ancient culture to be explored,
enjoyed, replicated and preserved for history? Do you learn
discipline, respect and how to build a stronger body? Is it
current and adaptive to daily use? Yep!
There is nothing
like the confidence of a person walking down the street who knows a
martial art. They generally look relaxed and aware. If
accosted, this person knows there are options to take. But a
person who looks capable is not generally perceived as a target to be
accosted - therefore a double bonus to the person knowing a martial art.
Fighting isnít required daily, but physical agility and awareness can be
heightened by learning a martial arts.
Wouldnít you also like to
be able to quickly recover if you step on something slippery? You
learn how to balance in all the martial arts. In some of the
martial arts you learn how to fall properly so that you donít get hurt.
I have also heard commented that a person, who has a black belt in
a martial art, has a very high concentration level. They can focus
and not be distracted. (Hmmmm, is this a fix for Attention Deficit
It is true, if you donít like martial arts, you will
find out within the first month of lessons. You will either love
it or totally not understand it.
I watched martial arts for a
long time before I got onto the mat to learn. I have taken Judo,
Taekwondo, Jujitsu, Chi-gong, Tai-Chi and Yoga. In the process I
have come to understand more of the Asian turn of mind. The most
important thing a martial art should teach you is respect for others.
Martial arts has also taught me patience and
humbleness. Character traits I was dreadfully short of when I was
a teenager. (Unfortunately, I still have more to learn.) I
have also learned that you must approach learning slowly.
Something quickly learned is not appreciated. Something
learned, relearned and then taught to others, is perfected and better
understood. When you practice it a thousand times, then you truly
While things must go slowly in order to be appreciated,
progress in a martial arts also brings happiness to parents, students
and instructors. The learning process binds people together and
makes the school an extension of your family. Learning a martial
art strengthens the family and the individual in mind, body and spirit.
If I could convince every child to try martial arts, and every
parent that martial arts is not a fast road to macho aggressiveness, I
think there would be many happier people wandering this earth.
So, if personal agility, patience, respect and an increase in
well-being arenít needed in your life, then you must already be a
martial artist with a black belt!
Diane L. Kerekes