Throughout my years i have learned a great many lessons. One of the most important which has become even more apparent as i grow older has been the value of true traditional martial arts on life. I have been training now for over 37 years and there is no question that it has given me a richness in life and been an incredibly positive force in my mental attitude and my minds resilience in times of adversity.
We all know the value of exercise in our daily rituals and the positive effect it has on the body and the mind, but what if we were to raise it up a notch? What if we were to exercise with a greater purpose, where our actions gave us a practical life skill as we worked out our spirit. What if we learned to breathe correctly whilst under physical duress, gained flexibility, tempered our minds, learned philosophy and conditioned our bodies all as a natural progression of our efforts.Now firstly i must be clear, I’m not talking about many of the combat systems that exist today which are totally about the physical fighting aspect, I’m talking about the true traditional martial arts that through its teachings will not one make you fitter, but will also build a peaceful nature and resilient mind.
The mind and body are linked much more closely than many of us realise, but its not until you undertake a true martial arts you soon find out just how closely they are linked.
If you find the right teacher for you, and i emphasise YOU (as picking a teacher must be a gut feeling). soon you will experience yourself being pushed to new levels, but not just on the physical… the connection i speak of runs right through your system. There is an inherent value in a true traditional martial arts which raises up way beyond the physical. Of course you learn it through physical conditioning, you learn it through hard work and diligence, you learn it through realising that mediocre will not be good enough. Follow the path and you will soon be drawn not only into those facets, but into the rich history & the philosophy that is revealed to you. This gives it much more meaning than JUST training.
The greatest misconception about the martial arts is that it is about fighting. this is incorrect. We practice martial arts to temper the spirit. yes we learn defensive skills, we feel pain, we ache and sweat, but it is all summed up in an old Okinawa saying. “Demons Hand Buddha’s heart”
The resilience on all levels that traditional training gives us over time will strengthen our mind, body and spirit. Also if you look into the true Kata (combat patterns) of martial arts you will soon see that each patters begins with a defensive move. “Karate ni Senti Nashe” (there is no first attack)
If you go to a true teacher you will learn how to temper your mind, have a level of control over your thoughts, build structure into your life, break through the barriers that will incapacitate others… and it will also make you endorphins flow. Its just a great way to start a day… or even to finish it!
I have been a martial artist for over 37 years of my life and it has helped me in more ways than i could have ever imagined. i truly feel had i not practiced Karate diligently and with a real teacher then some of the major issues that pushed me to the edge in my own life may well have taken me all together. It was through my increased resolve built throughout years of training that gave me the strength to not only come back, but to embrace life again and once again succeed.
Lastly, it will show you through your journey to the base of the mountain (black belt Shodan- it goes up to 10th Degree/Dan) that it is in fact the obstacles we are challenged with that make us stronger and once we learn to respect this, we take on this challenges with vigour and rigour.
I leave you here with this letter from a parent of a child who trains in the martial arts.
FROM A PARENT:
So go check out some schools, do some training, immerse yourself in a world of culture and rich history & learn to defend yourself both inside and out at the same time.
Stay awesome! GVB Mind Warrior
Published May 12, 2016 by blog