Most martial arts originally served the purpose mere physical exercise and to self defense against enemy attacks and had no martial aspect of their own. From the observation of nature and their creatures were recognized in compliance with (natural) laws Developed techniques and systems primarily defensive character had. It always played a big role Control over life energy (Qi, Chi, Ki, Prana). The alignment of body posture and structure, the balancing of yin and yang energies, the practice of right breathing and creating a clear mind were integrated into complex exercise systems using a wide variety of movement and meditation forms that were to last for thousands of years. The aspect of self-defense is one peaceful attitude underlying, who will do whatever it takes to avoid a fight unless absolutely necessary. In the 1500-year-old Shaolin culture, which is also considered the cradle of martial arts, the practice of martial arts (kung fu) has always been closely linked to the practice of Chan meditation and has always served holistic human development towards a peaceful and compassionate being.
Other martial arts, such as Iai-Do, Ken-Do and Kyu-Do, evolved from the art of war in medieval Japan (Bujutsu). The warriors of that time (samurai) had to deal intensively with their (natural) fear of death (in addition to their martial skills) in order to be able to meet the requirements of a battle or a duel with courage. Through the intensive, mindful involvement in the depths of every moment of life, they practiced (also with the means of the fine arts) in a presence detached (from fears, desires and ideas). Out of the power of life you attained the ability to face death with indifference.
Today the practice of a traditional martial art (Budo/ Wudao: "The way to end the fight") fortunately no longer requires bloody conflicts from the practitioners, because the actual struggle has shifted to the inner being of the human being. Nevertheless, in the pursuit of precise artistry, mental strength and emotional balance, the Courage for self-confrontation, a very high level self-discipline and willingness to learn combined with maximum Make an effort. You practice patience and determination, develops endurance, frustration tolerance, and Serenity.
Any and every serious martial arts practitioner knows off experience first-hand, to see the overall positive effects of constant exercise. For centuries, martial arts practitioners have therefore voluntarily undergone a proven method of self-education and self-help, which also lifts them up in everyday life and allows them to shape their lives independently.
Passionate martial artists know and appreciate the laws of nature and adapt to these respectfully on. In the knowledge of the imminent proximity of life and death, a very conscious examination of (often deadly) fighting techniques takes place.
in the awareness of the danger of combat, in all traditional martial arts systems, has always emphasized the simultaneous Formation of an upright, ethical-peaceful (inner) attitude laid by their students. This peculiarity of traditional martial arts found expression in partially codified martial arts catalogs of rules and values, came and comes but also in the methodology and didactics of the different martial arts teaching systems.
Casually unfolds experience of the preciousness of life. Increasing gratitude and compassion for all living beings thereby calms the heart. The soul finds rest.