Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Importance Of Martial Arts

A lot of people go through adversity.

Martial arts is the only things where even the truly elite has to compete, struggle, and overcome to get anywhere and they have to compete against everyone, not just people in their stratosphere.

Unlike sports where you train with only people in your school or near your age, martial arts its people from around the world, different neighborhoods, different ages, classes, backgrounds, races. And your attempting to overcome them all, and uniquely.

You believe that it's not about what you did or what you are outside of the dojo, the only thing that matters is what you do on the mat and how often and how dedicated you are to this practice. Maybe outside of the training hall, the person you are sparring with can financially dominate you. But on the mat none of that matters, you can dominate him.

You aren't judged by who your parents are or what school you went to. Only thing that matters is what you carry with you always. Which is your body and your mind. What I mean to say is, if your house is burning down, you have to think about the things you want to save, and the idea is overwhelming. You want to feel like none of that stuff matters, you'll be alright with whatever you have. Everything of value should be you.

Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest swordsman during the time of swordsmans, lived in a cave and wrote philosophy. Why? He believes his value is independent of things and even people. He can exist in a vacuum  an still know himself.

That's martial arts, it teaches you whatever you have of value is you. What your best at doesn't need paper or a computer or a canvas or a calculator or an office. You are what your best at, it's your skill set, and that doesn't burn up in a fire, you don't lose it under the bed or lose it all if your computer or stock market crashes.

Outside of martial arts you may envy someone, or things they have. But in the training hall you forget about all that, you don't care about any of that. It transcends all that, all that matters are skills. Not skills with a tool, skills with your body and your mind. Can you imagine any other situation where none of that stuff we work so hard to attain and covet so much doesn't matter?

And unlike an artist you don't need words, a canvas, music, or some medium to work with. You are your greatest expression of your skill. You don't need an audience, you just need an opponent.

In your world nothing matters except the skills and ideas you have accumulated. What you need to walk away with is that, your peace isn't dependent on there being no chaos in your world, you can maintain your peace no matter what the situation is. Because you have fought under chaos, and you've been calm and creative. You are a martial artist.

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