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Values that Martial Arts can bring to modern society.
If you are practicing martial arts, there are certain values you can adopt, which you can then pass on to the people you know. Learning martial arts is not just about being the best, as it is in fact about being a part of a healthy community where aggression, hatred and fear have no place in society. That being said, there are plenty of other values martial arts offers. Based on Shihan Essence’s community and their insights, you can get a better understanding of these values. To learn more about them, read on.
Importance of Building a Healthier Community
Traditional martial arts, as mentioned earlier, are all about building a healthier community. Aikido RVA, one of our Facebook friends, posted the question: if the dojo you train at ceases operation, would anyone care at all? Very interesting question. Hard to answer, though. Nowadays, the world is changing rapidly and people only care about themselves. This is rarely the case when martial arts is practiced and enforced in modern society. Its teachings encourage personal growth and the development of goals and it also ensures harmony exists within a community.
Enough emphasis cannot be placed on the fact martial arts are not about learning to fight. It is, in fact, a way of life. It is one of the best ways you can acquire new traits in order to improve yourself. You will personally grow and conquer any and all obstacles in your way. For this reason, Konrad F. prefers sticking to these traditions which focus on the importance of protecting one’s community and helping others. He also states you need to deal with problems rationally. This means you cannot give in to hatred or anger. As long as you are willing to take an initiative, you will learn compassion, loyalty, honor and integrity. These are all key components needed in all members of a society for it to progress.
Martial Arts teach us to turn our weaknesses into strengths.
Another of Shihan Essence’s followers, Fearless Martial Arts states that in this day and age, people are used to getting what they want without putting in the required effort to earn it. He further explains martial arts not only encourage you to work hard but ensure you persevere till you get the reward you deserve. When talking about martial arts, you either win, or you learn from your mistakes and shortcomings. Moreover, there is no such thing as instant gratification. As an individual, you learn to discover yourself and find ways to improve. In other words, you are taught to turn your weaknesses into your strengths.
Many of the evils you come across today can be eradicated by adopting martial arts as a way of life. However, it is easier said than done.
Keeping the aforementioned factors in mind, you will realize the importance of the practice of martial arts and what it has to offer in terms of values to modern society. Many of the evils you come across today can be eradicated by adopting martial arts as a way of life. However, it is easier said than done. But then again, if you embody the teachings of martial arts, you will not only inspire others, but also be able to make a difference in the world.