One of the most valuable things that martial arts students learn is self control, the ability to think before you act. We do this through the discipline of managing ourselves, and to be honest, learning to manage force, power, and violence. Most little boys at one time or another turn a banana into a gun, play fight and wrestle, and display other forms of “play violence.” Little girls do as well, but differently. As a father of only girls I was amazed to learn what girl world is like. It’s a scary place:). Basically, girls are violent as well, but it is much more Machiavellian.
My point is this, violence is an attempt to build power and as humans we seek power. This in and of itself is not a bad thing, but this power needs to be honed and focused towards positive ends. This is where a martial arts education in self control is so important. We address force, power, and violence directly and teach how to control these things, this quest for personal power, and how to shape the power we seek into a positive direction instead of a destructive one.
Here is a short video with this lesson as it will be taught in class.
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