Some parents aren’t so quick to enroll children and teenagers into martial arts programs. There are some people who automatically assume that their child will become a killing machine. While there are lethal forms of self-defense, the main goal of all martial artist today is not to kill or cause serious harm. However, if self-defense requires a person to inflict pain, it has to be done. This is not the goal of any practitioner, it’s just a reality that is seen when you try to control a chaotic situation. Criminals aren’t going to stop and think about pain, they’ll be desperate and will want to control the situation. For parents and family members concerned with martial arts, consider how religion and the art forms can mix in terms of common philosophies.
Love of The Body
The body is often times referred to as a temple. There is reverence placed on temples in religious ceremonies, and the goal of learning any traditional form is to love the body to the point that achieving tip-top shape is in order. Through exercise, stretching, and fundamental elements of training, the body is honed, chiseled, and stretched to allow for maximum abilities in any given situation. This is a reverence, and honor that every student starts with. If one doesn’t love the body they have, they will not want to discipline themselves and make themselves better. Every religion denotes this, and decries abuse of substances, and other ill-fitting elements of the world, which is a common ground to remember.
Honor and Respect For others
No matter what religion you attach yourself to, or if you are not religious at all, you’ll find that there is a common decency that comes from respecting and honoring others. No one will disagree with this notion. Martial artists of all ages are taught to showcase respect, honor, share interests, and help those in need. In some schools, a requirement of being enrolled is to help the community, alongside helping others in their immediate lives. Without honor and respect, martial arts can be categorized as fighting for nothing. Even at the top levels of competition like UFC, there are elements of this honor before, after, and during the combat. It’s rare to see fighters lack respect, and honor. In those cases, disservice is done to the true meaning of training.
Passion For This Life and Whatever Comes Next
When you start to read through philosophy and ideas that are pushed through karate, kung fu, and more, you will realize that there is a passion for living. There’s this life and there’s a life after, as a continual flow of energy. Whether you believe in salvation through God, reincarnation, caste systems, or you believe in any sort of eternal energy, deity, or complexity, you will find that the world of fighting lends itself to the idea of passion for both today and the future. Living for today is grand, but doing well for tomorrow is also praised. There’s a balance here and that’s part of the honor and respect that comes with diving into any art form under the idea of fighting and self-defense.