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| "I've never really met anyone who's gone to a good instructor who hasn't become less violent; I don't really think MA promotes violence as such. It's a bit of a 'Just because I don't like fighting doesn't mean I'm not good at it.'"
Studying the martial arts involves much more than learning how to punch,
kick, or throw someone. At its core is martial knowledge--the understanding
of conflict and its resolution. As students gain this knowledge, they
become more at ease in conflict situations--they know that physical force
is not the only way to resolve a problem.
Most martial arts instructors
include training in resolving situations without resorting to physical
force. Sometimes the lessons are simply awareness--common-sense street
smarts. Sometimes they include assertiveness and bully resistance training
is the notion that the martial arts knowledge bestowed upon the young
student is a powerful resource--to be used only in definitive self-defense
Job Search Canada Guide, Brian Mairs, is also a yellow belt
in chito-ryu karate, and the father of two martial artist
sons, David, 15, and Steven, 10.
recalls a tournament where his father attended to watch his
grandsons compete. Grandpa Mairs expressed his displeasure
at the kids "learning fighting." David, then a 10-year
old yellow belt, smiled and calmly stated, "Grandpa,
I do this so I don't have to fight."
entire family is involved in the martial arts. All of the
Mairs have medaled at regional, provinical, and even national
Brian at About
Job Searching in Canada.
Martial arts emphasize
inner calm and meditation--it's one of the intriguing paradoxes
of the martial arts that in order to execute really fast techniques,
you have to be relaxed, calm, and focused, rather than excited,
exercises allow students to calm themselves if necessary, helping
to manage anger. In addition, martial arts practice, with its kicking
and punching and kiai, or spirit yells, allows kids to release
tension and aggression in a controlled environment--the martial
Humility and respect
are at the core of martial arts philosophy. The self-esteem gained
by learning martial arts gives kids the confidence to walk away
from fights without feeling like a coward.
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