Everybody always has a list of reasons as to why people should take martial arts instruction, and they never speak of the one real reason. I’m going to write a few paragraphs about the common reasons, then give you the one real reason. See if you can guess that reason before I speak of it.
The first reason people have for studying martial arts, be it taekwondo or kenpo or whatever, is self defense. Simply, they buy into the mugging point. You must learn or somebody is going to knock the daylights out of you.
The second reason is for fitness. You must study martial arts so you will be big and strong and everybody will love you. This is what I call the ‘self image’ selling point.
A third reason, and a good one that is actually close to the real reason people should study a fighting method, one that parents are always harping about but never understanding themselves, is to get discipline. But the matter of discipline is only a shadow of the real reason. Are you ready to learn the real reason people should study the ancient oriental disciplines?
Not to beat people up, because the purpose of the martial arts is to learn how to not even get in a fight. Not because they will have a good self image, because this is merely a corruption of learning competence, which will fix all self image problems. The real and number one reason is focus.
The secret of life, the universe, and everything, can be understood if one looks. But one has to know how to look, and be disciplined to look, and this is possible only through learning how to focus your attention on something. Guaranteed, you can be or do anything you want if you just learn how to look…and see what you are looking at.
It doesn’t matter what you look at, you have to see it. Most people, when they try to look at something, are attention dispersed, and thus only see fragments of what is. Or, they are short attention span, which, again, stops them from really seeing what they are looking at.
But by learning the martial arts, the real arts, and not just fighting because fighting is fun, teaches people how to focus their attention, and keep it focused, and thus to actually perceive what they are looking at. It is this ability for a person to actually see what they are looking at that is the heart and soul of the martial arts, and which shines an actual light on the potential brilliant futures for mankind. This matter of focus is the real number one reason why one should get Martial Arts Instruction.