Lessons From Traditional Martial Artists

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2019

Lessons From Traditional Martial Artists

Traditional martial arts have to be positioned as a form of exercise and healthcare, and a discipline for cultivating sound ethos, values, character, behaviour and habits.

If practitioners want to treat traditional martial arts as a discipline and skill for combat, they have to be opened to changing and improving the arts.

They should not be blindly loyal to their school of martial arts, and see themselves as custodians of a set of dogma and practice.

That’ll limit their martial arts’ practicality and growth.

If practitioners believe they can apply their martial arts to defend themselves, they have to be honest to themselves.

They have to stop practicing ineffective defence and powerless attacks.

Just as importantly, they have to start improving their abilities to absorb kicks, punches, throws, grapples, locks, submissions, and other forms of attack.

In addition, they should humble themselves to learn from other practitioners, and leverage each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Practitioners of any form of martial arts should discipline themselves and exercise the highest level of self-restraint and control.

They should never use their martial arts for violence and for controlling others.

They should only use their martial arts as a last resort to protect themselves and the people around them.

As they evolve and strengthen their martial arts, they should constantly seek to achieve peace and progress.

Nobody knows the danger and destruction of physical combat better than a martial artist.

If you’re a professional of any discipline, perhaps you should re-read the blogpost and see if there’re lessons that you can learn from traditional martial artists.

These lessons may be able to free you from being unduly attached to your discipline, and help you improve your art and craft to optimize your contributions.



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