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Values Martial Arts Practitioners Should Have

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

Martial arts involve a system of coordinated body movements and combat techniques used by practitioners in self-defense, sports, and even physical fitness. There are different types of martial arts, including Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Aikido, Jujitsu, and Wushu, among others. Though these disciplines vary when it comes to styles and techniques, the values that every practitioner should remain the same. Without such values, one would not be able to succeed in the field he chose.

Perseverance is one of the most important values a practitioner should have because training is very rigid. It requires a person to exercise regularly and to master certain techniques and these techniques are not that easy to learn. You need to exert time and effort in order to execute each movement precisely. You may fail at first but you have to persevere until you finally get it. Meanwhile, respect is another value inculcated in the minds and hearts of each practitioner. You have to respect yourself, your master, and your teammates. No matter how strict your master is to you, respect is still something you have to give to him. Many disciplines such as Karate and Taekwondo require practitioners to bow to their seniors as a sign of respect. This way, you will also earn your master's respect and as you become a master yourself, other practitioners will also look up to you.

Patience is a value you should not ignore if you are serious about learning a certain discipline. Martial arts are like combat fighting. It is violent and it involves full body contact. You can hurt other people with it. As a matter of fact, it is lethal. One powerful kick at a fatal spot and you can kill a person. This is the reason why practitioners are taught how to be patient and how to restrain themselves from going into an unnecessary fight. These disciplines should be used only if the situation really calls for it and practitioners should not threaten other people with it. Moreover, practitioners should always be humble as humility is another value taught through hard training. Every person has to work hard in order to be good at the craft they want to focus on. They were not an expert when they started training and so, they should always keep in mind that the hard-work they put into their training to stay as humble as possible. Almost all practitioners experience losses and failures in competitions and they are taught to accept and learn from them so that they can better realize the value of success.

These are just some of the values you have to develop if you want to master a certain discipline. These are also the reasons why learning a certain discipline does not just help a person maintain a healthy lifestyle but it also allows him to become a better person. Keep in mind that it will be hard for you to achieve success in any discipline if you do not have the right values. Skills and talent are important but they are not enough if you do not combine them with values and good manners.

Steven Gregory is the author and has been involved in the martial arts for over 10 years. Currently he buys his martial arts supplies from Tigerstrike. An online company that sells karate uniforms and sparring gear including mma sparring gear.

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