Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Martial arts and the path of resistance.

What do you think about when you think of martial arts? If we break down the words, Martial, warlike, derives from Latin Mars, god of war. Arts, the application of human creative skill. Martial arts is the ability to crate art with violence. A lot of people do not like the idea of that, artful violence, but they view violence as a bad thing from the get go. I don't like to advocate violence, but being skillful at being violent is not a bad thing. I'd so as far to say that being skilled in violence should be a necessity in life, the same way you are skilled in language, and mathematics, and sciences. Violent studies do not make you a violent person, the same way that studying French doesn't make you French. 

Most of my friends probably go to karate kid, when they first think of martial arts. The crane pose, wax on and wax off. It's not a wrong view, it's just not mine. My views of martial arts stems from red and yellow bricked basement walls, low ceilings, bright lights, and a loud amount of musky slaps from heavy bags being hit. When I go back further into my memories it goes to a dim-lit school gymnasium and the two opposing basketball rims that were lower than ten feet. Shouts of 'hi-yah!' in taekwondo.

Today my views of martial arts are more to do with character, humility, and bettering myself. I mainly just train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which a lot of people don't know too much about. I usually say the same thing about bjj, it's chess with your body. I'm thinking four moves ahead and planning for his or hers counter moves. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a soft art, it's a combat sport; we're out to win. I typically don't leave the mats without bruises or some blood on me. I am in a constant state of no mind when I'm rolling in jiujitsu. I chase that feeling of no mindedness. Being in the zone. Flow state. Little do I realize it's there when I'm not thinking that I figure most of my problems out. Maybe I'm lucky, and my problems seem to dissipate their level of importance when I'm aggressively pursuing my passions, but jiujitsu always shows me the truth. When facing an obstacle of great size and strength, you must bear down using all of the skills you have, knowing that it will take time to slowly get yourself where you want to be. It's not easy, you won't always succeed, but every time you do not succeed, you're leaning. You never lose in life, the same way you never lose in jiujitsu. You win, or you learn. 

Martial arts, above all else, has taught me to me true to myself. That I need to win for me. In my opinion, being successful to yourself before anyone else is the only thing that pushes you forward in life. If addictions beat you, if you never have the courage to go for it, it means you do not have the self respect you should.

Over time I'll break down these topics that I think are most important in life, derived from martial arts.

Virtutues of a Warrior
  • Rectitude
  • Courage
  • Benevolence 
  • Politeness
  • Honesty
  • Honor
  • Loyalty 
Keys to Health
  • Rational Nutrition 
  • Sensible Exercise
  • Efficient Rest
  • Proper Hygiene 
  • Positive Attitude
States of Mind
  • Alertness / Awareness
  • Clear mind
  • Emotional Balance

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