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Do you use your martial arts training as a replacement for going to church?

Do you use your martial arts training as a replacement for going to church?

oldmankarate religionChristian Church ideology and the mantra of martial arts do not coexist. At least that is the opinion of many. Yes, many martial arts school use their faith as the means to structure their school code and at the same time many churches look down on the idea of placing children or adults in an environment that promotes self mediation or the concept of self betterment without the active hand of God.

It can be a hotly debated topic and one that never gets resolution. Why? Does the God worshiping group have the ultimate say? Some religious ideologies seem to think so. But does not the individual also deserve the respect of other faiths to pursue their own ritualistic belief?

These are a lot of questions and ones that as I age open a larger narrative of conversation. And in opening the consciousness of this conversation, what happens when you move away from the more mainstream Christian religion? Do the Tao, Shinto, and Buddhist practitioners deserve less respect for their spiritual dogma?

What of the atheist or agnostic? Many skillful martial artists exist and improve themselves without the inclusion of a God faith. Are they less deserving of the benefits of what we in the arts consider spiritual betterment?

These are hard questions. It might be time to consider them and where you stand in the realm of a wider understanding. Or do you think your religious faith is the only thing that matters? Is that the true way of a martial artist—spouting the ‘my dojo’ is better than yours mantra.

By |2017-04-20T10:42:13+00:00April 17th, 2017|Something To Think About|3 Comments

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  1. Gerald Hester April 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    We teach our martial arts at church as an outreach. God is in everything we do. There is a Godly way and an ungodly way to do everything from martial arts to the way we practice religion.

    • OMK April 18, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Gerald, it is great for you to leave a comment. It has been a while since we chatted. You were one of the individuals that came to mind as I was formulating this piece. I remembered the good work you were doing with your outreach program and how inclusive it was.

      Hope things are still going well


  2. Jarrod May 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    A very interesting post. I have been intrigued by the conversation on the mixing of martial arts and Christianity. Of which seems to be a growing topic over the years.

    I am an instructor at a Christian ministry built around martial arts. So Christ is the center of our Creed and our teaching. We know what we need and we know we benefit from it. But I do not hesitate to attend other schools and furthering my martial arts skills. Doing so only out of respect, knowing there are things I can learn to better myself.

    I do not see the answer being in the removing of one’s beliefs but in the camaraderie of martial artists. We are all different and so we all bring something to the table. With diversity comes division which is part of human nature but I think that is where our camaraderie is needed to be strong.

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