The beautiful Martial Arts

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As one, I am in search of a knowledge of how to deeply master my culture and the culture and philosophy of the martial arts.
There are a few base concepts I live by, which also pertain to some traditional hard and soft systems of martial arts;
To strive for positive development of character
To increase my knowledge in order to know the right truth
To work arduously and honestly towards a positive goal
To honor the code of etiquette
To understand I am but a human and not immortal. Making sure I understand the difference between bravery and stupidity

This on its own would not make me a complete person and I have found there are many other ways of truly understanding myself and the environment I live in. The martial arts simply provides an idepth look at who I am through a coordinated process of physical and psychological development.

The base concept of my learning within the martial arts is ‘I must be of sound mind’ before I take part in any physical practise.

The learning of ‘manners’ or ‘etiquette’ is a prerequisite act before learning any pugilistic system and if not learned by individuals then they should remain at this stage until they understand the deep meanings to ‘morality’, ‘respect’, ‘ethics’, ‘courtesy’, ‘kindness’ and ‘humility’.

It sounds such a simple concept, ‘Be of sound mind’. What this means to me is that I am willing to learn and re-learn the concept of non-violence and respect for myself and others, I am nurturing loyalty to my family and friends, as such I get to practise the true essence of what martial arts has to offer.

The physical martial arts keep my skeletal frame in shape, but this becomes meaningless without ‘Being of sound mind’. When I have balance of mind and body, I find peace, wisdom and love. The physical skills help keep me disciplined and focussed, developing within me, a deep seated philosophy for the preservation of human life and positive social values.

This is why, I love the ‘Beautiful Martial Arts’.

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