Martial Arts for Life

Is there anything better for preparing a person for life than martial arts?

While admittedly I am completely biased, I think I can make a pretty convincing case for why everyone should study martial arts. So here it goes…


Self-Discipline

While discipline is usually the reason cited by most people to study martial arts and is usually the first reason parents seek out martial arts programs, I think that it is more correct to say that martial arts help to develop self-discipline. Success is up to you.

I remember when I achieved my black belt and I thanked my teacher only to have him respond, "Don't thank me, you did it. I can't make you do anything." Aside from him taking a very humble stance it always struck me as a great point. A teacher can teach, encourage, even implore, but success or failure is ultimately up to the student. As the great Jim Rohn said, "You can't hire someone else to do your push-ups for you."

Tenacity

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Gym Junkies

Although this year is not typical, it was not uncommon in prior years for January to be the month that gyms and martial art schools were busting at the seams. Everyone would want to hit that new year resolution hard whether it was to get in shape or get that new rank. Sadly, within weeks the floors emptied and left only the ones that were committed to their success.

One holiday weekend I was working out with a friend of mine at his school. I asked if anyone else was coming and he said, no. I said, "We must be crazy, huh?" He summed it up nicely, he said, "They look at it as giving something up for coming in. We look at it as giving something up if we don't."

Individual Achievement

During a Judo match, after a few unsuccessful throw attempts, my opponent and I ended up on the ground. I was breathing hard, lying on my back, struggling to escape, with my opponent on top of me. He was grasping my collar, trying for a choke as the seconds went by. As I lay there seeking a way out, or maybe it was later, I thought: This is the best metaphor for life. It's a struggle, you have to do it on your own, and time is ticking away.

Though we often think about our fellow students, teachers, and coaches as team members it's not like in some other sports, where they can pass the ball, tackle, run interference, etc. When you are in a situation like the one described above, no one can help you but you. In that situation and other similar ones, you learn a lot about yourself.

Defeating the Greatest Opponent

Martial Arts Motivation

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I've learned many life lessons in martial arts. When I felt like quitting, because I felt I wasn't making any progress, I remember my teacher saying, "You can continue and eventually you'll be a black belt, or you can quit and you'll never be one. What do you want to do?" (Darn, no whiner option?)

There are mirrors in martial art schools. The mirrors are supposed to help you can see what you're doing, make corrections, and aid teaching. While that's true, the mirror also shows you your greatest opponent looking back.

Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

When The Fast and the Furious (2001) sped into the psyche's of illegal street racing enthusiasts, with a penchant for danger and the psychotic insanity of arrant automotive adventure, the brusque bearish, quasi-hero rebel, Dominic "Dom" Toretto was caustic yet salvationally portrayed with the power of a train using a Vin Diesel engine.

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Sean Strickland turned in a solid, workman-like performance to extend his UFC win streak to five defeating Uriah Hall by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC on ESPN 28 Saturday in Las Vegas. The pair had been in the cage as training partners before but, when it counted, Strickland had the edge with the harder punches and the superior clinch and ground games.

Hall looked like he had trouble getting off all evening, occasionally showing flashes of his exciting stand up skills but at other times seeming a little lackluster. Strickland dominated much of the middleweight bout with solid jabs and thudding overhand rights. Whenever his opponent did seek to make something happen, Strickland seemed largely unfazed. By the end of the fight he appeared to be walking through Hall's punches and simply shoving Hall back against the fence to control the action.


The skill of stick fighting as a handy weapon dates from the prehistory of mankind. The stick has got an advantage over the stone because it could be used both for striking and throwing. In lots of countries worlwide when dealing with martial arts there is a special place for fighters skillful in stick fighting. ( India, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, countries of Africa, Europe and Americas etc).

The short stick as a handy weapon has been used as a means of self-defence from animals and later various attackers. Regarding its length it was better than the long stick, primarily because it was easier to carry and use. The short stick as a means of self-defence was used namely in all countries of the world long time ago.

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