We are living in a digital age. The internet and social media have become a fundamental part of our lives. We have started to break away from traditional methods of consuming and learning and now seek more convenient online options. An example is how we are able to buy our groceries or clothing these days. Previously we would commute to the store, select our items, pay in person and haul our items back to our homes. Now, we no longer need to commute to our favourite stores. With a few simple clicks we are able to add our items to a digital cart, checkout, pay online and have our goods delivered to our door.
Lately, I have noticed a really disturbing trend in the belief system of some men – young and old. There is a consistent theme of entitlement and the corresponding message that women must be owned and controlled. One would think that in a progressive world shared by men and women, each individual (man or woman) should reserve the right to the freedom of their own expression so that they may reach their full potential.
Martial Arts has been popularised by its prominence in action movies and the rise of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It is well-known for producing elite athletes, professional fighters and effective self-defence techniques. All of this have been excellent for individual pursuits and entertainment value.
But is this all there is to Martial Arts? I don’t think so! I believe that Martial Arts serves a higher purpose for the individual and for society. I came across the writings of a source unknown to me, who sought to explain how Martial Artists should conduct themselves and how this conduct could lead to a better world for all its inhabitants. I coin this The Way of the Martial Artist.