Martial Arts training helps us all become more productive and balanced members of our society. Let’s discuss how this can happen.
Martial Arts training in general
Unfortunately, people have formed a misconception about martial arts training: it’s all about violence and beating the hair off of somebody else. This misconception is based on cheezy kung fu movies and watching cage fights on TV, and I would like to correct that misconception. Traditional martial arts schools do not teach their students to start fights, they teach them how to avoid fights and how to end them if they can’t avoid them. As we are fond of saying, we learn to fight so that we can learn how to not fight.
“Martial arts without compassion and honor promises only violence. Stripped of its spirituality, it threatens injury and suffering to both its victims and its practitioners. In the end, this higher ideal is what separates the warrior from the predator.”
That quote is from The Martial Way and Its Virtues: Tao De Gung by F. J. Chu. In my opinion, any serious martial artist will have this book on the shelf next to The Art of War and The Book of Five Rings, and like them, it will get taken down and read repeatedly.
The hardest opponent we face in martial arts is ourselves. We are all about self-improvement: anything we do today, we do it better than we did it yesterday. West Houston ATA Martial Arts, as a traditional martial arts school, emphasizes the importance of the discipline necessary to accomplish that goal of self-improvement. We have been developing better citizens and empowering people for a very long time. In fact, our slogan is “Building a better future, one Black Belt at a time.”
Martial Arts Training Teaches Respect
Respect is one of the most important life skills. No student of the Martial Arts can progress without understanding and adopting this essential attribute! It can be humbling the first time that a successful middle-aged executive must ask for direction from an advanced student who might be younger than his or her own children. Martial Arts teach us that knowledge comes from those who possess it, regardless of age or any other consideration. We learn from those who know more than we do and respect them for their knowledge and willingness to pass it on to others.
Martial Arts Training Teaches Self-Confidence
By learning to control our emotions and to think before we act, we become more comfortable and capable of allowing others to participate in our lives. We lose the need to “prove” ourselves because we learn to feel secure and comfortable with who we are and what we know. What our students accomplish as they train creates confidence in their own power to overcome difficulties. Our Martial Arts students become better listeners and partners as well.
Martial Arts Training Teaches Courtesy
High ranking students and instructors earn respect and esteem by sharing their advanced knowledge. New students and lower ranks deserve support and help. Every last one of us started fresh, with little or no combative or performance skill. Advanced ranks remember what courtesy meant to us in the beginning.
An analogy that I like to use is a visual image: imagine yourself standing in a long hallway with doors all the way down on both sides. The doors are massive and the hinges are rusted solid. The goals you want to accomplish are behind those doors. You whip out your trusty can of 3-in-One Oil and oil the hinges. The doors are still difficult to open, but they are a lot easier to open than if you hadn’t oiled the hinges. Courtesy is the 3-in-One Oil in your life. If you are nice to others, they will be nice to you and much more willing to help you achieve the goals in your life.
If you want your children to learn discipline and respect, if you want them to have the ability to defend themselves, or if achieving self-confidence is your own goal, then there is no better way than Martial Arts training. If you want the most fun, most motivating, most useful, and most effective physical fitness training to improve your overall health, contact us today!