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.
Violence Is Chaos
When in the streets, if confronted by someone with a gun the room you’re in fills with screams, everyone panics. When in the face of something real, you don’t see the same reactions as in film, there is no one man standing against a large group of attackers, there’s no one hero versus one villain role, there’s chaos. Martial artists train to control that, to corner it and dissolve it into vapor. That’s done through hours of training, and in no way can be truncated into a quick 15 minute scene in a movie. When you see Jackie Chan take on a rogue stable of villains, you buy into the fact that he has trained in martial arts all of his life, and the character’s age in the movie is not you and it is not anyone you know. It’s a mistake to approach any training with the mindset that you will be the same way when confronted by a violent world.
The Real World of Martial Arts
For parents, or anyone that looks at a kung fu studio with the idea that they are training weapons against violence, stop. What is really being taught is a lifelong learning style that is missed in a lot of people’s lives. A martial artist, no matter what discipline is looking to create a balance between body, mind and spirit. They look to find peace, and understanding, building on the natural with the unnatural. They focus on weight management, eating right, and being better citizens of this world. Even some of the biggest names in MMA do not train because they are in for the prize, they are disciplining their bodies to control themselves when chaos reigns. It’s a life long journey, and most of it is about peace or creating peace through action. When you train within this world, you will realize that the violence that is depicted in entertainment, is not the full spectrum of the beauty that comes with martial arts as a whole.
Standing United We Pack A Punch
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