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Master is a word that gets tossed around in the martial arts a lot. Our objective is for you to become a Master of the Martial Arts. But how do you define the term? How do you know when you are a master? Here are some thoughts on the matter that perhaps will help you figure this out.
First. A Master has spent a great deal of time learning about the topic in question. In Martial Arts, this means that to be a master you must know the entire curriculum of your art form backward and forward. Not just exposure to all of it, but a deep understanding of what the moves are, what they are intended to do, specifically how to perform them, historically where they came from, and when you might use them.
Second. A Master must know the curriculum so well that he or she no longer has to think about the techniques and movements to perform them or apply them. Everything is physical memory- no thought needed.
Third. A Master no longer has to follow the rules of his or her art. When you have Mastered an art you understand it so well that you no longer have to follow the rules of it, everything you do is free and spontaneous.
Fourth. A Master has transcended the art. This means that you find deep spiritual meaning in the art that you do. It is more than something you do, it is what you are all of the time.
Fifth. A Master uses his or her Mastery to be a positive influence on others. This is a big one. It is not possible to be a Master if you do not share your Mastery. It is like a flame. If I have a lite candle and you have an unlit one I can give you my flame without loosing mine- now there are two. Mastery is at it’s heart the power to create and to give.
It is our objective for all of our students to have the opportunity to obtain Martial Arts Mastery. A Martial Arts Master is the kind of person who has the ability to not only achieve personal goals in any area of life, but also to have a positive impact on others.
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