I’ve been told that learning martial arts is all about learning to be violent! I can laugh about that now, but at the time I was just thinking about learning martial arts I was strongly advised not to do this because of that. But here’s what I’ve learned about martial arts.
It’s not about violence! There are people who use martial arts in a bad way, but a good sensei will come down hard on a student who uses it this way. It’s about self-control, and using it to defend others. In the movie “The Martial Arts Kid” with Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, Jansen Panettiere, Kathryn Newton, Matthew Ziff and TJ Storm, Robbie learns martial arts to defend himself and to defend people he cares about. A good sensei will teach this way.
It makes you aggressive! No! It doesn’t! By learning self-control you learn to not be aggressive. Aggression comes from LACK of self-control! You learn to defuse confrontations. It helps to deal with bullies too, because it builds confidence which makes them less of a target!
You need to be in shape to be in martial arts! Listen! You will get in the best shape ever as you train! You will develop flexibility and get a great cardio workout. Most martial arts schools welcome people with disabilities! Including those who are blind, disabled, or even wheelchair-bound! ANYONE CAN DO THIS! I’ve got into the best shape I’ve ever been by training in martial arts.
Here’s another myth: “It’s hard on your body and leads to lots of injuries!” False! If you practice it safely and do it as your taught, your risk of injury is low! Yes, injuries happen! But only when doing it incorrectly, or in competion or else in real world use! Did you know that the sports that rank highest on injuries is cheerleading! Football and soccer rank higher than martial arts too! What is the hardest thing you can do on your body??? INACTIVITY! That’s right! Being sedentary is hard on your body! Martial arts gets you moving, boosts your strength, builds your heart and works on flexibility!
It doesn’t work in the real world. In the movie “The Martial Arts Kid” there is a scene that I love! Robbie has been confronted by a bully named Bo. Aunt Cindy comes to his defense and fights off Bo using martial arts. Now, I can imagine you are thinking “this is in a movie and not in the real world.” I am friends in the real world with Don Wilson, Anita Clay, James Wilson all of which are producers in this movie. They have confirmed to me that this movie was done based on the real world. In this interview, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson of The Martial Arts Kid Movie, Don talks about this movie and about martial arts in general.
Here’s one my favorites to debunk: Martial arts teaches eastern religion! No, it doesn’t! Religion isn’t taught in martial arts! I’ve done martial arts in churches and in traditional dojo’s. The values that are taught in martial arts are universal! Respect, discipline, self-control, perseverance, leadership, goal-setting, courtesy, focus and other things. This is universal! Martial arts you will find will compliment the teachings of your faith.
Finally, a black belt is an expert. FALSE. Reggie and all the other black belts I’m friends with have told me in words and in actions that reaching black belt is just the beginning! When you reach black belt, you have just barely mastered the fundamentals. A quote I came across recently is “Sometimes a teacher, always a student.” Take a look at the masters and you will see how true this is.