- Lucas Avelleda
- Campinas, São Paulo
Athlete, International Shotokan Karate Federation
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Martial Arts are not limited to self defense techniques. The main goal of a martial artist is to make the world a better place.
"We train our body to be strong, and our mind and spirit to be patient, in order to become the best human beings we can be. Karate is a spiritual endeavor, a way to develop a person as an individual. Everything we learn in the dojo, or training hall, should be applied to everyday life. Karate training is not always easy. Often times it can be very difficult and demanding. This is also true of life. If we can overcome obstacles in our training, it enables us to have strong character to do the same in our everyday lives.
The very essence of karate, the main purpose of training - is all about improving ourselves. We must always work hard at this.When we take responsibility to become persons of good character and integrity, we will be doing our part to make the world a better place, which in turn can help to bring peace to the world." Okazaki Sensei
Note: I'm using Karate here as an example of Martial Arts. Most Martial Arts follow the same philosophy as Karate. This topic refers to all Martial Arts following similar philosophy (Budo, Bushido). If you practice any other Martial Art, please fell free to share your thoughts.
"As human beings, we are all the same, and have the same vulnerabilities. This is human nature. We can overcome many things if we first understand and accept this about ourselves. If we accept the good and the bad about ourselves, it is much easier to accept these things in others. And to be a true martial artist, we must accept nature and continually work on perfecting our character. This daily process should be as routine as waking up in the morning. Everyone has within them the power to be good human beings and to bring this out in one another. That is the true power of a good martial artist." Okazaki Sensei
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