Yes it was the 48s of the Nunes vs Rousey fight that I had on my mind when I wrote this post title. Images and commentary about the much publicized fight were all over social media and got me thinking about how much life can change in a single moment.
Even a moment lasting less than 60s.
Although MMA is currently the top draw card in the popular press when people think of martial arts, it is not what lead me to practice my art.
Photo: Kuk Sool Won Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh with me at the training Seminar in Dublin, California
Yes, martial arts is fundamentally about fighting. However in a traditional martial art it’s about using your body as a weapon while also honoring it as a vessel for enlightenment.
Respect, self-discipline, control and increased self-awareness are an integral part of a traditional martial arts journey.
Every person who practices a martial art has their own reasons for doing so and has their own expectations. The teacher and school where you choose to receive your martial arts instruction will set the tone for your training. Finding a school that matches your martial arts world view is what sets you on the path of your martial arts journey.
It’s the moment that you make that decision, which usually happens in the blink of an eye that can change your life… if you let it.
I’ve seen all types make the decision to start but only a special few allow martial arts to change their lives. It’s not just about training, it’s a way of life and when committed, it will change the way you make decisions about the things you prioritize.
So when making resolutions and/or setting goals here are three things that I’ve come to know:
1. Growing and learning is a life-long process
2. When you do the work, you reap the rewards
3. Helping others also helps you.
Whatever your chosen art, embrace it and enjoy the journey.
It was the strangest feeling being back in class after an unexpected absence. It reminded me of how I felt as a child returning to my family home after being away on an extended excursion.
There was the feeling of familiarity with the surroundings and the procedures along with a sense of affection for objects I had used which was comforting and reassuring but there was also a sense of guilt at shirking my responsibility and neglecting my duty.
Standing in the dojang with my feet on the tape, waiting for class to begin there was the awareness that this was a place to grow and be nurtured but also a place to challenge oneself and strive to continuously improve.
There was also a hint of anxiety about whether I would remember my forms and techniques when illness had prevented me from revising between classes as I usually would.
I have learned so much and experienced so many new things and challenges that I sometimes forget that my martial arts journey is still in its embryonic fourth month stage.
“Cha Ryuht” Master Saidi calls us to attention and the class responds in unison with a resounding “Yes Sir!”
Training begins and I cautiously go through the manoeuvres testing my still recovering body to see how well it can withstand the required demands.
My training partner and I start working through our techniques and realise that we are going to need some guidance and revision on the last one we learned.Master Saidi happily helps us through the technique and simultaneously reminds us about the importance of persistent practice.
Then to keep us on our toes he teaches us a new technique. Growing and learning – that’s the journey.. He then also explains to us why the technique is designed to help us handle an opponent who is physically stronger and of course has a quote to help us drill it into our minds.
“The bigger they are the harder they fall. The smaller they are the further they fly,” he quipped.
The first sentence is very familiar to most – even to me as a non sports oriented type it was something I’d heard my Grandfather often say but the latter part was new and so apt for our setting.
It connected with me both literally and figuratively. Being short of stature myself I actually do feel like Kuk Sool Won has taught this small person to fly. It has released me from my self created cage of sporting inadequacy and allowed me to step into a new realm of self discovery and started me on a journey to reach new heights.
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in her private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Master Saidi or that of the World Kuk Sool Association.