MARTIAL ARTS LESSONS…IT’S NOT ABOUT VIOLENCE
Just the other day a parent asked me if she asked “Do I think that Martial Arts classes promote violent behaviour in young boys?” I thought it was a fine question.
Yes, there have been a few cases (very few) of students “playing martial arts” with friends, the same way they play as their favourite superheroes, but I’ve never heard of the play being malicious or hurtful. I do, however, hear many stories of my young students using the kind of restraint we talk about in almost every class. I hear many stories of the young people in my program –and other martial arts schools –avoiding violence, avoiding conflict, and staying out of trouble as a result of their training.
A good martial arts teacher adds instructions and advice about how NOT to use martial arts, as often as he or she teaches the technical aspects of the arts.
The ‘cake’ that is what a martial arts teacher offers his or her students.
Martial Arts is made up of blocks, punches, kicks, and other manoeuvres, But the real ‘flour’ of the recipe is in the restraint, the self-control, and the attitude of self-discipline that makes up the best-of-the-best the martial arts has to offer.
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