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June 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 173

As a martial artist you will often find yourself getting passionate about only certain styles. There is a reason for this. As you grow and learn more you find different hobbies or jobs you like. These activities will change or stay the same. This all depends on how open you are to all ideas.

A few years ago I was set on becoming a Physical Therapist and that's what I was going to college for. I attended Campbell University for a year and it did not take long for me to realize this was not for me. I sat in class thinking of what else I could have been doing to make a difference in others lives. It took me one semester to want to try some business classes and completely change what I wanted to do.

After that long year in college I decided it was just time to put words into action and follow my dreams.

When I was 13 years old I came across probably one of the best Martial Arts movies that has ever been created. It was Enter the Dragon, starring a great martial artist, philosopher, and actor, Bruce Lee. His passion for martial arts overshadowed his acting and took hold of him in such a way that it moved me emotionally. I wanted that. I wanted the emotion and passion that Bruce had shown through all of his movies. His passion was real. A great actor could not make you feel the same amount of emotion that he put in every movement.

Ever since that moment I kept reliving it and tried to find my own niche I could be incredibly passionate about. I played every sport I could and even competed as a Division 1 basketball player in High School but nothing fit me. Nothing brought me that joy that made me want to do that for the rest of my life. It was not until my junior year in high school that I found what I truly loved.

I had studied Martial Arts after watching Enter the Dragon but never really found time to compete or stay at a gym long enough to know how good I was. During my junior year I decided to drop all sports and try my hand at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing. Kickboxing came very easy because I already knew all the basics pretty well thanks to my many hours of study of Muay Thai and Jeet Kune Do, but Jiu-Jitsu was another story. I got put in a pretzel, my neck cranked, fingers broken, muscles torn, but was in no mood to give up. For some reason I just wanted to keep training despite my many injuries. I finally found my niche. The one thing that I could say, "I love this"!!

Today I compete as a Mixed Martial Artist and am going to be competing for as long as I can. Jiu-Jitsu is now my strongest part of my game thanks to the years of getting my tail beat, I can finally deliver the punishment a little. I currently own a Martial Arts Business that is new and improving every day. I am interested in doing merchandising soon and starting a full-time business.

This is just a short summary of the journey I have taken to be where I am at and the different experiences I have been through to develop my own philosophy as a Martial Artist.

Philosophy of Martial Arts

  • Stay open to all ideas. Never approach knowledge as if it is not needed. The smallest bit of knowledge can make the biggest impact
  • Confidence and relaxation combined with correct knowledge is a dangerous weapon.
  • Humbleness requires the ability to admit you are wrong and have made mistakes. A humble man/woman will learn and correct those mistakes.
  • A martial artist is always alert to their surroundings, Calm but Ready.
  • Technique is an important qualification for a fighter but what good is technique if it cannot be applied once fatigue starts to set in. You must condition you body in order to apply technique for long periods of time.
  • To limit yourself to only a few ideas is limiting your mind and body. God blessed us with an amazing ability to learn. It would be foolish not to take advantage of that.
  • There are no "masters" of martial arts. There are only those who better themselves to their own potential.
  • No technique is ever perfect. It only gets better over time through practice.
  • If you only strive to be good at the basics you are crippling yourself and will unprepared for most situations.
  • To become a good martial artist. You must spar opponent of all sizes. You cannot find gaps in your game if you limit yourself to one opponent.
  • A great Martial Artist is confident and flows naturally. They express themselves comfortably with precise technique with both speed and power.
  • Pain is only temporary and is the beginning of discouragement for many. To fight through the pain until the end of it can and will make a person stronger.

This is only a little of what I have to offer you guys and I promise I will share more. Leave some comments and give me your philosophy. Feel free to send me your own post as well via e-mail so we can help spread Martial Arts to all for everyday living. These ideas to not just apply to martial artist and I hope you can find a way to use them in your life.

Thanks Guys!

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