The spirituality of the martial arts
Some martial arts styles teach their students the lineage to memorize, or begin meditation classes at the beginner level. Others allow the student to take the initiative to learn on their own. I can remember a Tai Chi instructor giving us some unsolicited advice. He said that if we weren’t teaching children a certain breathing exercise, then we were not generating a spiritual experience. Imagine that!
It is our opinion at The Bushido School of Karate that a great martial arts instructor will do more than teach kicks and punches. How the other life skills and good character qualities are taught is in the style of the instructor. If the instructor has made a positive impression, then a spiritual experience has happened for that student. It is not by staying within that we achieve spirituality. On the contrary, it is by giving to others that we receive spiritual grace.
Great quotes by great martial artists
Some prominent names in the martial arts are known for their mastery of skill and technique. But they also had some pretty awesome words that inspire and motivate.
Our Top 5 Favorite Martial Arts quotes
“Human beings are capable of virtually limitless degradation; they are also capable of virtually limitless improvement and achievement. Success depends on goals and on diligence in pursuing them.”
— Mas Oyama
“A black belt only covers two inches of your ass… you have to cover the rest.” – Royce Gracie
“Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.” -Gichin Funakoshi
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Bruce Lee
“If no mistakes you have made, losing you are. A different game you should play” – Yoda