At some point, all of us in the martial arts have to come to terms with the fact that there will always be more to learn. Unfortunately, too many are unable to accept that neither they nor their system will ever have all the answers. Their insecurities won’t allow them to admit such a thing, and as such they fail to recognize one of the most important lessons of all, that education is an ongoing process. It isn’t a destination that one can arrive at. It is, instead, a never ending journey. Read More
For many, martial arts is all about physical conditioning and learning how to become a good fighter. It’s important to remember, however, that the martial arts is both internal as well as external. Although many want to focus on the physical, the mind plays a crucial role in the process of strengthening the body. In fact, very often it’s the mind that gives up before the body. This is why it’s essential that we don’t neglect our mental conditioning. The mind and body work together which means, through the mind we can strengthen the body and through the body the mind.
Within the martial arts it can be quite common to get so caught up in learning the system and focusing on what to do that we fail to understand why we’re even doing it. This is why it’s so important that we strive to always remain a student of the principles. It is, after all, the principles which all martial arts systems are built from, and it is only through a thorough understanding of the principles that we will be able to truly bring the art to life. Read More
What is the most effective martial art? This particular question has created a great deal of controversy within the martial arts community, and is such a common topic for debate because there are so many different martial arts systems which exist today. With such a vast number of martial arts systems being practiced, many students want to feel as though their system is the most effective martial art of all. Now, certainly not every system is created equal. Some just aren’t as well thought out or designed as others, but is there such a thing as the most effective martial art? Read More