The New Year is traditionally the time to reflect on ways to improve our lives in the coming year. As martial artists, we’re striving not only to be strong, but to be smart, as well. It’s smart to focus on self-improvement, and it’s our mind that is our greatest asset in becoming a better person.
Martial arts is mental and physical in nature, to be functional and to be art. It is the ‘art’ in the martial arts that is most often neglected and yet it is the most powerful tool for changing and improving our lives. The biggest opponent to self-improvement often resides between our own ears. It is the ‘art’ of martial arts that can help us to gain the mental discipline to overcome this wary opponent.
Most of us experience physical harm not from other people, but rather from ourselves. We can become our own opponent by allowing life’s negative forces to take control of our lives. Over time, our bodies can collapse from poor eating habits, insufficient exercise, work-related stress, daily pressures and bad habits.
Martial arts can prepare you for a victory over yourself by teaching you how to balance physical and mental aspects of your life, thus achieving self-control and better focus. Your mind holds the key to all your actions. Martial arts can help you harness your mental energy to live a happier, healthier life. At the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions can be a commitment to maintain perfect attendance in your kung fu program!
That’s a good place to begin and good luck with all of your resolutions!!!