10 Life Lessons from Martial Arts

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Ozzias T. Villaver, Jr., Ed. D. | Negosentro.com

To many, the most common and modest benefit of martial arts is protecting them in the event of physical confrontation.  To some, the benefits are helping them to be physically and mentally fit as well as spiritually sound.  Martial arts minimizes stress, develops better focus and self-discipline and challenges the practitioners to discover the meaning and purpose of the innermost secret of life.  The more one engages in martial arts world, the more one will search and be stimulated to the perfection of the arts and, ultimately, one’s life itself.

There are numerous lessons drawn from different martial arts according to the nature which they are formed.  Here are 10 life lessons among them.

  1. Martial Arts begin and end with respect.
  2. Through martial arts, you’ll discover the importance of being honorable, ethical, truthful and just.
  3. If there is one quality you need to develop early in your martial arts training is commitment.
  4. As you establish goals in martial arts and in life, by mindful of the fact that pursuing them with a pure motivation and single-minded-focus can improve your chances of success.
  5. The real value of martial arts training is not knowing how to defeat another human being, but rather in improving the quality of life of everyone around you.
  6. Martial arts training would enlighten practitioners while offering the additional benefits of improved health and increased longevity. (Funakoshi Gichin, Father of the modern karate)
  7. The real lesson of martial arts is to face and conquer your fears.
  8. He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself is mighty. (Lao Tzu)
  9. To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is the highest skill.  To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill. (Sun-Tzu)
  10. A defense is offense. (Dr. Noli Nolasco, Founder of the Black Secrets School of Martial Arts,1965)

“Martial Arts fortifies the spirit; strengthens the mind; and, helps to cultivate a powerful, pliable, energy-charged body.”  Moreover, although the objectives of martial arts practitioners varied, however, they have in common goal which is for the good progress of one’s life and their positive influences in the betterment of other lives – their family, friends, community and the world.

(Reference: Borkowski, Cezar and Marion Manzo. Martial Arts. Scarborough, Ontario. Pintice-Hall Canada Inc. 1999).

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