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literature has always emphasized one point heavily –“Love the cause of the fighting, not the fighting itself.” This reflects the true purpose of the martial arts – to maintain order and balance in our surroundings, not to disrupt its harmony by creating negativity through our actions, and to maintain civility and eti uette at all times. The martial arts teach us about discipline, about restraint, about responsibility. True education on the martial arts covers all these aspects of day to day life, not !ust the understanding of combat. "n today#s world, although we consider ourselves to be a very advanced form of life that has made e$tremely rapid progress given how old it is, crime e$ists, either driven by individualistic motives or by the dire need to survive. %owever, the martial arts do not e$ist to fight crime – they e$ist to provide us with a means of defense in order to &eep our lives in harmony and balance and to help us lead disciplined lives. Why Men need knowledge and proficiency of the martial arts Throughout the course of evolution, male members of a species have always fought to protect their families and tribes, and to ensure their survival and succession. The desire for self' preservation and the impulse to engage in combat to fulfill this desire are psychologically hard' wired into us. (hile civilization has progressed dramatically and the society we live in today is sophisticated as a whole compared to our ancestors, these instincts are a part of us, an e$pression of masculinity. (hile these instincts manifest themselves as acts of violence, a healthy platform for the e$pression of one#s masculinity is the &nowledge and proficiency of the martial arts, that not only teach us the art of combat, but also the way to becoming a better human being, by reaching a state of )en, or peace within oneself. enefits of martial arts • etter health and well!"eing – The martial arts teach us how to strengthen our bodies to achieve their full potential, improving our health and vitality and helping us lead healthy lives. Strength! of! mind and inner piece# in the face of all turbulence in one#s surroundings. The martial arts train us to be composed and calm in the face of all situations, stressful and rela$ed, in order to lead a peaceful and fulfilling life. Awareness of oneself is &ey to attaining inner peace and tran uility, as one understands one#s body and mind deeper than they have ever gotten to before. $mpro%ed focus and concentration & Martial arts training has been proven to develop improvements in one#s mental capabilities, especially in terms of improving the intensity
of focus and concentration one can muster in the face of all ups and downs. • • 'iscipline and (esponsi"ility & The martial arts, while teaching one how to perform in combat, also teach us the value of restraint, responsibility, peace, love and non'violence. )amaraderie &(hen you train in martial arts, there is a lot of male bonding and camaraderie. *part from learning the various techni ues, you also learn the importance of sharing and growth.
*part from these benefits, there is another &ey advantage. "f you train in a martial arts form with your partner or child, you are also teaching the importance of partnerships and building a good interpersonal relationship with your child. * father bonding with his child at a martial arts school where the child also learns other life lessons is an e$cellent concept. *itness mantra Modern'day wor&places offer very few opportunities for physical activity. * martial arts program at the end of a long wor&ing day helps you &eep fit and shed those e$tra pounds. +besity can ta&e a heavy toll on a man#s health and can affect the &idneys, heart and other vital organs. "f you are loo&ing to improve your muscle tone, then you can choose from one of the many martial art forms. This can improve metabolism and your agility. The impact of falls and accidents as you age can be much lower if you are a fitter, stronger man. +ent for emotions Martial arts can also provide you with the much'needed vent for your inner tribulations and frustrations. * ,-.. study published in the !ournal, Social Psychological and Personality Science, points out that bottling up emotions can ma&e people more aggressive. (hen you ta&e up martial arts, contrary to some misconceptions that it can cause aggression, it actually provides a vent for your stress and calms you down. /atharsis is an important aspect of martial arts training.