What can martial arts do for you?

What can martial arts do for you? Integrity. Martial arts can help develop integrity. These days, we hardly hear this word so often, and we can hardly ever find it in the application. Well, a practice dedicated to martial arts can help you recognize integrity first and second, help one develop and exhibit this almost lost art.

Let’s take a closer look at integrity. Shall we? Simply put, having integrity means doing the right thing even when no one else is watching. Allow me to move a small deer in what means integrity. The dictionary tells us that integrity is the quality of being complete and uninterrupted. A bridge that has integrity is solid and reliable. We can count on it to support us, whatever happens, come wind or high water! The same applies to people with this characteristic. As for the human condition, integrity is the quality of having sound moral principles in both words and deeds.

Taking another step forward, let us consider what is meant by moral principles. Although there is some variation in the opinion on this subject, it is widely recognized that moral principles include honesty, sincerity, righteousness and honor. To maintain honesty, we must be completely free to lie, cheat and steal. The last two requirements of cheating and stealing may seem obvious. However, many people have problems with the first requirement, avoiding lying.

Honesty. When people lie, it is usually out of fear – fear for the consequences of others who know the truth. Thus the lie becomes an act of cowardice and a “little white lie” becomes a “small act of cowardice”. Sincerity. We can only claim to be sincere when we are without falsehood and hypocrisy, when we are sincere at all times. We must be able to endure everything we say and do.

Practicing martial arts helps us do it. It brings us into alignment with our intentions and follows our words and actions. Practicing martial arts brings us to our awareness of our actions and the effects they have on others.

Verticality implies fairness and openness in all our relationships and contacts with others, whether social, business or informal. Being honorable not only means we are honest, sincere and upright, it also means that we are worthy of receiving honor and respect from others.

So you see, everything goes around in a circle. The moral principles shown by a person with integrity depend and arise from one another. We all know that nobody is perfect, we are all human. Nevertheless, each of us is able to strive to maintain our integrity at the highest possible level. The first step is to accept that integrity is the foundation of all other human values.

Martial artists learn to understand the importance of living with integrity in everyday life. They learn from the earliest stages of education that they must always choose to listen to that guiding voice within them, known as their conscience. Their conscience gives them a little nudge when they are about to slip, always encouraging them to do the right thing. When they do the right thing, and they know it, their awareness rewards them by making them feel good about themselves.

By helping them accept responsibility and set a good example for others, supporting what they feel and believe, it is what martial arts do for those who practice. This is what martial arts can do for you too! It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.