Putting the “Self” in Self Defense

As a premier blog post, I thought it would be smart to help everyone have a foundation level understanding of the content that will eventually be added.  This was to be an Origin story but decided against that.  Lets discuss the idea of Martial Arts for therapeutic purposes.  Whats the first thing you think of when you think of martial arts?  If your from the 80’s/90’s you might think of Chuck Norris beating up the bad guys with Karate, more present we see martial arts as fighting, board breaking, kata, gi’s, those awesome bandannas that every martial artist wore in Karate Kid.

I would like to propose another vantage point, what if instead of martial arts being about fighting and rigid structure, we decided to break it down into, what I believe, is the essence? Let’s start with defining Martial Arts, the word Martial roughly means “Warlike” (according to google), but the word Art is defined as, “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” (again, google).  So if art is the expression of self, and martial is Warlike, you’re really just using combat to express oneself.

Now lets look into non-conventional therapies, using dance, yoga, sculpting, painting, to express the emotion that is inside.  This is what all therapies do, they get you to express yourselves in ways you might not be able to do by conventional methods.  As the times change, we as public servants need to change with it.  What I am striving to do, is create an atmosphere where those who truly need the ability of expression without judgement can find it. I am not going to say this is the best way to have breakthroughs, but what I am going to say is that once a person, who has been victimized in the past, has the ability to defend themselves then confidence shines through.  Combining the previously mentioned therapies and the martial arts, I personally believe that people truly find themselves.

The truth of life is this, perception is reality.  If someone has spent their life being abused physically, mentally, or sexually because of skin color, sexual orientation, physical limitations, weight, gender, religious belief and/or the countless other reasons people are targeted daily then there is an increased risk that they have developed a low self worth, low self esteem and unfortunately unhealthy defense mechanisms.  If this person, who has been abused had a healthy and safe avenue to let out their aggression that has compounded over the years, how is this bad?  Wouldn’t we want these people to have the skills to overcome past discrimination and the tools to defend themselves and make sure that these incidents never happen again?  If we can change the perception then we change the life.  It’s actually quite simple.

The more emotional power one has, the less chance of a victim they become.

Just a thought.

 

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