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Deeper than a PunchApril 24, 2019
The real reasons to study a martial art go much deeper than the punch or the kick. The journey of a martial artist is a journey of self-discovery. In my mind, this is the most underrated reason you should learn a martial art. This idea was talked about thousands of years ago …..
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.” – Plato
One of the core traits of self-discovery is Discipline. The root of the word discipline is disciple, as in a willing pupil, a student, or simply “to learn.” While some are born with an iron will, discipline can be learned, albeit sometimes the hard way.
The trait of discipline is among the most important lessons I gained through the martial arts. Every hard class, every frustrating attempt at mastering aspects of fighting is a step toward self-discipline.
“The irony of self-defense is that our biggest opponent in almost any conflict is within.”
I have used my martial arts training in real fighting situations a hand full of times but more importantly, I have used my martial arts training countless times avoid or defuse an aggressor. I have used discipline to not react to anger with anger. As valuable as learning the kicks and punches is the discipline of knowing when to use them.
See you on the mats,