Women are often times victims of abuse that is atrocious. There’s no excuse for anyone to hit a woman, and yet it happens a great deal. Violence erupts in the home, on the streets, in the job, in school yards, and often it is not men doing this alone, it’s women against each other and it’s chaotic to say the least. All women should learn martial arts, and there are some major reasons for this in our modern society. It would be nice to think that there is no need for it, but that’s not true, there is a need for it and it’s more important than ever.
There is nothing that can prepare you for domestic abuse, and it’s something that has come to the forefront of the public opinion due to many situations going into the mainstream news. There is no excuse for this, and for women, this is a life shattering world to be in. Training in martial arts is not to be seen as a preparation for this, but rather a way to at least curb it enough to call for help. Before a hand is raised, confidence in knowing that you can at least protect yourself is good. It can help, it’s not the answer, it’s a minor solution that can at least help for a moment and that moment can be used to call for help. Continue readingby
For all the violence that people perceive from martial arts, there is a soft side that few people get to engage with. Many people just look at the pursuit of fighting, and self defense as the sole purpose for training, but that’s wrong. There is more than meets the eye here, and that’s something that is deserving of more exploration than people are giving to many of the arts today. You will find that within the landscape of disciplines of fighting, there is spirituality at the crux of it all.
The Balance of Life
If you take a step back and truly understand the nature of life, you will realize that it’s a matter of balance. When you are balancing everything correctly, you will see that there is a beauty to it all. The fluidity of the body in motion, the range of motion that you can pursue within some of the most compelling elements of martial arts, and various different pursuits within the world of fighting are a matter of balancing chaos and order. If there is no balance, then the art that makes up these disciplines is lost. Continue readingby
There are millions of parents today that aren’t sure how to keep their kids from running wild today. Whether it’s due to over stimulation thanks to media, or just a lot of energy from childhood, there’s a lot of parents that are tired and are struggling to keep it together. With work, bills, and more piling onto the shoulders of many parents, things can be very painstaking to say the least. The solution that many people give is simple, get children enrolled with activities that are physical, teach confidence and instruct a lifelong learning process.
The Martial Arts Method
When you enroll a child into a good martial arts program, you are not just going to gain a semblance of peace for a time, you will have other benefits. You will see them grow up with respect, pull in their bad habits, and create a reverence for adults, and others. Continue readingby
People assume that you’re going to be learning karate, kung fu, or any discipline and be the next Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee. They’ll mime chops, and make sounds when you tell them that you are studying any form of self defense. It will be a constant thing, so don’t be surprised when someone is ignorant about the reality of what you’re doing and be ready for questions. If you or someone you know doesn’t see why you need to train in martial arts or will scoff at the notion, present it in a different light.
Martial Arts Isn’t All Fighting
If you think that you’re going to be fighting bad guys and becoming Batman at the end of your classes, you’re wrong. Training in any field of self-defense is about lifelong learning, body control, respect, honor, and building self esteem. Continue readingby
Some people may immediately say that law enforcement already learns martial arts. Well, that may be true to a certain respect, but they should also learn beyond the training that they receive on the job and through the academy. In fact, all major positions of enforcement should take on a class of learning for a lifetime. There are several reasons why this matters and if you or someone you know is an office, they should consider this on a deeper level. You may not agree at first glance, but when you think about it, nothing bad will come of this at all.
Can you really control violence? Not really. However, officers have to learn how to control situations that can be very volatile and chaotic. Continue readingby
Action movies aren’t always accurate. They just aren’t, they are comedic in how far they push the envelope to entertain. However, there is one concept that you need to understand on a whole new level. That is the concept that your world is a weapon when you’re a martial artist. You may immediately think about the movie “Rush Hour” because Jackie Chan plays this up to a very interesting manner. The truth is, that’s a concept of spirituality and kung fu that most people gloss over. It is not meant for you to go around your house picking up objects and getting ready for a fight, but rather an example of how a well-disciplined individual can view the world around them when chaos reigns.
The first thing that you need to understand about this concept is that it’s a distraction. If someone is coming after you, your best bet in the situation is to distract. If you can get a knife wielding individual to look away, they are going to loosen their grip just a tad and will look at something else for a split second. With that, you can disarm them fast. This is not something that you try if you’re not disciplined, or if you’re just new at martial arts. You train, you learn, and become hyper aware of your surroundings. Continue readingby
Turn on the television, just to watch the news, and you’re hit with violence. This world can be brutal, and in our entertainment, the same brutality if not worse is highlighted. In many movies, especially action movies audiences are given a cartoon world, but sometimes it hits too real. Martial arts sometimes gets thrown into this world as a violent act, or something that is learned to behave in such a manner that it turns chaos into an organized dance of sorts. When you see guys like Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Bruce Lee on camera, you see a portrait of martial arts that is not the same as what is taught in schools, at least not for the same purpose. Continue readingby
MMA, cinema, the Olympics, and many other factors play into the world of entertainment when it comes to martial arts. You may find yourself moving forward with learning discipline within this world because of it. You may even go to a class because you saw something play out on the small or big screen. There’s nothing wrong with these entertainment options, but if you believe that they are the real world of martial arts, you are missing out on something more important.
The Staged World
Icons of martial arts and movies are not showcasing reality. When you compare crime scene footage you may find online of people that are trained fighters faced with criminals, you will see that they do not have drawn out fights. They neutralize the situation, they call for help, and they do not go back and forth. Compare that to a fight that Jackie Chan may have in his movies and you will realize that it is not real life. Continue readingby
Everyone should look into learning martial arts at one point or another. No matter what age, gender, or background, there is greatness that is found in learning these disciplines that can translate into real world experiences. There are bonds that are formed when you pursue this in a class setting or one on one with a teacher. It’s not just physical either, there’s a spiritual side to this world that many people don’t think about often. Women, however, more than ever before should look into this with a serious note to something that could help in many situations, allow me to explain.
A Violent World
Women today are perceived as vulnerable, and it’s because the world has gotten more and more violent. Attacks, whether domestic or other, are on the rise and it is not going to stop. Learning self-defense is not going to change the world, but it could open up a window for a woman to call the police, or inflict enough harm to detour an assailant. Continue readingby
Kung fu movies are not reality, society should know that by now. If you are a big fan, you know this to be true, and while there are some truths to be found within the fighting styles and elements you see, most of it is chocked up to entertainment. Even though there are a lot of different myths associated with these movies, you will find that there are some simple lessons that you can gather from the most insane movies in the lexicon of action cinema. Some are outlandish, but there is wisdom in the world of these movies that will have you thinking twice about the real world of martial arts as a whole.
Kung Fu Is About Peace
If you look at any movie, including many of the movies from The Shaw Brothers, you will find that peace is at the helm of the purpose of individuals that are mastering any form. The elder masters always talk about peace, harmony, and spiritual elements. It’s only when a violent world impedes on them that they raise their hands, and even then, they do not fight immediately. Most back down, and instead of fighting, they forgive, offer grace, and mercy to their enemies. This is the true nature of martial arts. Continue readingby