Recently, I asked a question about yoga being anti-Christian and the answers were interesting. So, I started wondering if people used the same thought process when analyzing martial arts, which has origins associated with Hindu-Buddhist philosophy. (Photo attribution: By sefcmpa, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
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Cool! Thanks for that it is really interesting.
Patty, you provided a rich and thorough explanation which answers a lot of my questions about the relationship between martial arts and religion. I naturally separate the physical activity from the spiritual. Thanks so much for your enlightenment.
My pleasure! My training has helped me stay healthy, where my same-age friends have arthritis and a host of other maladies ever since their late 40s. I am fortunate and thankful.
Hello Matthew, I see my grandsons in martial arts and there is a big improvement in their attitudes since participating. They are less aggressive. So I do agree with you about the value of martial arts.
Hello Eric, my grandsons learned a lot about respect and honor while participating in the martial arts. I agree and believe it does make a difference in confidence and pleasant assertiveness.
Excellent answer, Tamara. I do believe the spiritual aspect can be separated from the physical aspect and can be appropriately practiced, even though all of the original elements are deleted to be enjoyed for the physical benefits of exercise.
Janis, you have a very healthy attitude toward these practices. I have never done tai chi but I know a lot of people who practice tai chi every morning. They say it wakes them up and brings the start of a great day.
You are a true expert peter565. I didn't know the CIA and FBI had their own combat style. Interesting! I assume you see martial arts as a physical exercise more than a spiritual exercise. Right?
Martial art is combat training, but to be an all round warrior, you need to learn multiple. Most ordinary people who aren't cops/soldier, at most know one, because we don't use that for a living