Let’s face it. The martial arts, of any sort, involves violence. While some martial art systems claim to redirect rather than break an opponent, the ultimate goal of any of these systems is to preserve and protect one’s life against something seeking to do one harm (i.e., self defense); and, redirection includes the redirection of an opponent into things that can (and sometimes should) injure them.
Martial arts is, by its very definition, an undertaking of violence. It is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination appropriate to war; warlike.
For some, they believe by training in the martial arts one has to embrace violence – as if it were okay to misbehave -, but that is not the case of most martial art systems. (Where there’s an exception is in professional sports competitions, where ego and misbehaving are embraced by promoters seeking to maximize their profit off the fighters who bring in the largest crowd. These venues encourage vulgarities. I’d encourage readers to read these two blogs – 1 and 2 – for more on this.) The martial art system that seeks to empower a student to understand and be empowered to preserve and protect their life in the worst of situations will teach that student how to behave to prevent that situation – to the extent the student has control to do so. It is for those unavoidable situations that we train to survive and protect those we love and are responsible. (This reminds me of an old kung fu proverb that goes: “The true master (of kung fu) knows how to avoid conflict.”)
The longer one trains, the more one begins to understand the dynamics of human relationships and biology. The longer one trains and comes to understand these things, the more one matures and becomes confident in themselves in relation to others, their environment and human biology. The longer one trains and comes to this maturity and confidence, the more aware and less distracted they are by environmental stressors (e.g., others’ opinion of how they live their life, etc.). The longer one trains and matures into this focused way of life, the less they encourage violence in their life.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Just because you choose a life of peace doesn’t mean you’re free from violence in your life. Some people only understand violence, and the only way to relate to them is by being violent yourself (e.g., someone who attacks you because they want to harm you in some way, like rape or murder). While that may never happen to you, you owe it to yourself and your family (as well as others you’re responsible) to be prepared, mitigate the risk of those situations occurring, and pass down (to the next generation) that wisdom for their own well-being and safety.
So, you see, training in violence doesn’t have to require you to be a misbehaving, violent person. It should, in fact, empower you to live your life without being vulgar and violent – to the extent no one forces you to defend yourself (or family) in such a way violence becomes necessary.
Don’t allow the foolishness of sports-competition fighting to brand your idea of self-empowering self-defense training because of its promotion of vulgarities.
Empower yourself to life!™
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