What is Martial Arts really all about?

If you stop to think about the Martial Arts, and what you know about them, you might surprise yourself with how little you actually know. People talk about Martial Arts sometimes without first defining what it means, or at least what it means to them.

So today we are going to ask the question…what is Martial Arts?

Martial Arts Student Kicking
Martial Arts Student Kicking

Hollywood shows you flash and pomp and circumstance, whereas YouTube Gurus tell about mindfulness and inner strength…

…And you’ve probably known someone in your own life who trains (or trained) in Martial Arts. They, of course, have their version of the truth.

But ask yourself…what IS Martial Arts? REALLY?

Speaking only for myself (and for the thousands of students I’ve worked with over the years) I believe that Martial Arts is one of the greatest systems of self-development and personal fulfillment that exists in the world today.

You see…Martial Arts isn’t about kicking and punching…

…It’s about the dedication, perseverance, trial, and diligent study that makes a student good at kicking and punching!

Over the course of the next several articles I’m going to be explaining what Martial Arts is and isn’t based on the following lists:

Martial Arts IS:

  • FUN
  • AN “EDUCATION”
  • AN INDIVIDUAL JOURNEY
  • SELF-DEFENSE
  • SELF-DISCIPLINE
  • YEAR-ROUND
  • ABOUT ENJOYING THE REWARDS OF HARD WORK

Martial Arts is NOT:

  • EASY
  • AN “ACTIVITY”
  • A “TEAM SPORT”
  • LEARNING “HOW TO FIGHT”
  • ABOUT EXTERNAL DISCIPLINE
  • SEASONAL
  • ABOUT GETTING “PARTICIPATION TROPHIES”

Tune in next time to discover how something that’s really challenging can also be a lot of fun, and you might be surprised to see just how much of our next article applies to your everyday life!

Until then, be healthy, be safe, be successful, and be well.

-Master Dulaney, Cornerstone Martial Arts

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