Freedom in the Martial Arts


You aren’t Free if You Don’t know Martial Arts

Even if you live in America, can you really say you’re free if you don’t study the martial arts?
Actually, not.
How can you say you are free if your body isn’t strong enough to fight back when bullied?
How can you say you are free if your mind isn’t trained to see when somebody is picking on you, and stand against them?
How can you say you deserve liberty if you don’t know how to fight back?
How can you say you are free if you don’t know the martial arts?

Slaves don’t know karate or kung fu, aikido or taekwondo, and thus they remain slaves. Weak. Unable to stand up to those who would oppress them.

Women who depend on men for their safety, and don’t know how to defend themselves, aren’t free.

People who are afraid of being mugged, raped, driven off the road…they are enslaved by their own fears, which fears would disappear if they took classes in Karate, Tai Chi Chuan, or some other form of self defense.

If you are a parent, are you raising children who will be slaves? Or children who will stand up for themselves because they have learned how to protect themselves, who trained themselves to stand up to the bully in Karate classes or taekwondo classes, or through some other type of martial art.

If you are a martial artist, are you going to go past tournaments and the spectacle of MMA? Are you going to resist the urge to put aside the fun when you become more ‘mature,’ and become a parent or career minded?

Are you going to make a decision to continue learning, that you might develop your spiritual being? If you don’t, then haven’t you enslaved yourself to being merely a human, and lost your chance to become a spiritual human being?

This is a free country, it is true, but it is only free to those who stand up and assert that freedom. If you don’, if you don’t have the ability to stand up and defend yourself, in body, words, or any manner, which ability is the logical outcome of a sincere study of the martial arts, then you can’t say that you are really free.

Have you read ‘The Bomber’s Story?” It is the story of one man who became disillusioned with freedom in America, and then learned martial arts. Is blowing up buildings patriotism? Read The Bomber’s Story and then decide for yourself.

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2 thoughts on “Freedom in the Martial Arts

  1. sopwith21

    Some great points in this article about the value of martial arts. But remember, America is not a free country. Freedom is the ability to act without permission. We do not have it.

    For those who believe otherwise, please mail me your driver’s license. I will cut it up and throw it away, because you are “free”… right? You don’t need your master’s permission papers to drive, take a train, board a plane, buy a house, get a job, rent a hotel room or open a bank account. You’re free!

    Free citizens do not need their master’s permission to do these things. We are not free. The America we sing about hasn’t existed for 50 years.

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    1. aganzul Post author

      Yes. Sadly, you are right. But there is a freedom of the spirit that can be had be anyone, and that is a necessary first step before we ever consider taking our country back. Have a great work out! Al Case

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