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Martial Arts – Violence or Keep Fit?
The meaning, teachings, and whole point of martial arts is definitely not violence. The intent of martial arts is, and has always been, to train, educate, and improve the mental health and physical well-being of the participant. It has always held true that some have used the martial arts against people in violent acts, but this is clearly against the majority of their original intents.
Whilst there are many legends concerning the origin of the varying martial arts styles, it can be largely observed, even during recent history, that they are generally respected, and not usually feared in normal situations. This indicates that most martial arts-related violence has more to do with the circumstances under which the violent acts were committed than with the fact that martial arts techniques were used. Unlike guns, knives, and other lethal equipment, martial arts are not material tools to be utilized for violent purpose, but rather a structured method of bodily movement used as a vehicle both for self-defense and self-betterment. As such, all responsibility for negative or positive actions and outcomes and intent lies with you!
Even in televised MMA martial arts tournaments where contact is allowed and to the casual observer, the intent seems to be to bloody the opponent as much as possible until he or she submits, the fighting is not used to impart lethal or long-lasting damage. Although violent actions such as strikes, sudden movements, and blocks are all commonplace, violence as intent is not, so martial arts might not entirely fit the profile of a violence-oriented activity.
Martial arts like Taekwondo, Judo and Karate all have rich cultural backgrounds, steeped in the rich history of Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shinto philosophical traditions. These largely forbade use of martial arts for negative intent, or unwarranted violence. The traditional fighting style of Taekwondo was designed to be a powerful form of self defense. It is the national sport of South Korea, and the name approximately translates to ‘the way of foot and fist’. A great way to train is to engage in a friendly sparring and of course with the proper adidas sparring gear! Practice targets, pads and sparring blocks can help you train with live targets that don’t get hurt!
When martial arts are used for violence, they become nothing more than tools in the wrong hands. In the long run, the martial arts are only as violent as the martial artist, conversely, they may be used for peace and inner harmony.
Martial Arts – Violence or Keep Fit?,