Does the fact that a martial art germinated in religious soil mean practitioners have to abide by those spiritual beliefs? Can the self-defense portion be separated from the religious portion?
Belief in a supreme being plays an important role in the life of most human beings. Religious beliefs have even been shown to promote good health in the faithful.
For example, one researcher found that after surgery, patients with strong religious beliefs — Christian and Jewish, in this case — suffered one-third fewer deaths than those without beliefs.