And the Best Martial Art is?
When I was asked to add something to the
forum, Tee's only limits were to not knock other martial arts and say,
"Mine is the best". I understand why he would not want the forum to
degenerate into a verbal brawl, with attacks being made from all sides.
But since I have firm opinions on what makes "the best" martial art,
I'll ignore his suggestion and state the following:
MARTIAL ART is: Yours. Whichever art you follow, practice diligently,
and improve your skill in class and that enables you to have a better
life and hold your head high. That is the "best" martial art.
definition we are all different. Of course, I am perfect and everyone
else is different, but that is only my opinion. You may be taller,
shorter, older or younger, have faster or slower reflexes or weigh more
or less than me. But they are different. And that is just the physical
aspect, ignoring for the moment mental and psychological differences.
Each martial art has techniques that favor one body type over
another. A 6'6" 160 pounder wouldn't do well in sumo. A short heavy guy
would have more difficulty than others doing aerial kicks in Tae Kwon
Consider the mental aspects: Aikido stresses blending with
an attacker, with no intent to harm them. Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan and
other train to end a conflict quickly thru overwhelming force. How would
you feel if you injured or killed an attacker? Me, if they attacked me
any injuries that they may earn leaves me with a clear conscience.
Others might not be so cavalier.
Given these differences in
physical and mental attributes, how can any one martial art be "the
best"? Most of us train under arts ending in "do" which translates to
"way" or "path". As long as we are all moving along a path to a higher
being or a better and more complete person, does it matter who is on a
certain path but going in the same direction should be reason to rejoice
not a reason to condemn those on a different path.
is a journey, not the destination.