Martial arts is one of the few things that has been a human practice since the ancient times. There are, of course, tonnes of stories about wise old men, world-altering and gaming changing young men/women, and strong war heroes that are tied into martial arts.
Yeah, these are stories and you can just take them as nothing more than an elaborate rambling of inspired and enthusiastic story tellers – but even in that case; there don’t seem to be as many ‘game-changers’ originating from show jumping, gymnastics, or knitting. (Please don’t get me wrong, I think these things are all excellent).
Martial arts really help to develop people, people start to learn how to shape their own way and bring new things into existance. I have met some really independant and inspirational people thanks to my martial arts travels.
Some things that i have witnessed help people understand their world deeper (that are almost always ignored by academia):
Spacial Awareness – Students of the martial arts learn about where their body is in relation to what is around them. This makes it implicit that they are learning to observe their surroundings. Too many times i have seen people not see things that are happening around them. (Ignorance may be bliss – but an ignorant person will, sure as hell, miss a lot).
Humbleness – I don’t mean being submissive, bowing, and being overly polite (although they can be great tools to learn about real humbleness). To be a martial artis student, you will have to start by giving authority to your master/teacher (just by accepting them as your master/teacher). By understanding that people know more than you – you can open up to absorbing information in the world. rather than always spouting out your ‘information’ to the world (I’m sure you know a guy who is always too busy speaking a load of crap to hear what’s being said – if you don’t then you’re that guy. Sorry…).
Instant Actioning – Decision making is something that people can get quite stuck on, specialy if you have been taught to over analyse things (most of us end up over analysing something). Often it isn’t the direction you take that makes the biggest difference, it’s the manner you decide to follow it.
Self Analysis – Being taught to look at what you are doing from a third person perspective allows a martial arts student to be able to change and improve in ways that would not be clear otherwise. Being able to view situations from an outsider’s view point (specially when it comes to an argument or debate) allows you to stay seperated from biases that may arise from emotions.
I am going to cut the listoff here because i feel this is getting a little wordy although there are loads more things that martial arts contribute towards increasing a person’s intelligence. (Seriously loads more, i will have to bring this topic back up in a blog later).
All images have been supplied by Titan Academy:
Master Luke Robinson