Sport Martial Artsalantang2017-12-24T06:07:16-05:00
Sport Martial Arts
SPORT MARTIAL ARTS:
Though the martial arts may have been a creation of survival so many millennia ago, it is the process of its evolution that has given it an amazing aspect probably unforeseen by its early masters.
Where once a spear or sword was merely used and trained to simply be ready for war, through the passage of time within our generations, these same motions, though lethal and precise, also housed even more amazing qualities: coordination, control, discipline, and rhythm.
Enter SPORT MARTIAL ARTS.
Sport: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
Martial: Appropriate or suitable for war or battle.
Art: works produced by human creative skill and imagination.
Put these three words together and you get an activity that expresses physical exertion mixed with deadly prowess, but for the purpose to create a moment that can be looked up as an expression of inspired skill or even kinetic beauty.
One of the main reasons the martial arts continue to survive and thrive is because of the advancement of the human psyche that stresses peace and cooperation. However, as society changes towards the better, certain aspects that remind us where we came from would be lost if not for certain modes of preservation – and because the combat arts are of a physical nature – it seems only fitting that these deadly styles move themselves into to the realm of sport, demonstrations, and exhibition to keep sharp, and to allow the style themselves to be passed onto the next generations.
Sport Martial Arts not only allows the modern day warrior to learn things passed down through thousands of years, but it affords this same warrior the opportunity to push the limits of these techniques and to get them to grow – to make them stronger, do them faster… add acrobatics and extra leaps, turns, and jumps – all with the single purpose of creating something to wow a spectator and push an athlete to try to outdo another.
In the world of sport, all martial arts can look inside themselves and see that they are all, at their root, the same song – simply with different singers.
There are only so many ways to punch, to kick, to throw, to jump. There are only so many ways to thrust, parry, and block – as in the scale of music there are only so many notes – but the combinations of these notes are endless.
In martial arts, we can see the beauty in a kicking technique from China, then see its counterpart in a practitioner from a Japanese or Korean style and so on.
The magnificence of Sport Martial Arts is this – it pushes the concept of a united world forward. A kick is a kick, a punch a punch, a sword is a sword, a spear a spear, but when an individual, no matter their race, gender, religion, or orientation wants to learn, the martial arts are open and welcoming. Add in the essence of fairness and sportsmanship, and your get a spectacle like no other to watch and enjoy.
In a single Sport Martial Arts event, you are treated to furious hands, blazing fast feet, sweeping weapons, aerial executions that defy gravity for as long as they can – all in the pursuit of competition, entertainment, and the betterment of one’s self.
As in any sport, our skill is a direct result of our dedication, and the martial arts were built on the basis of perseverance and therefore it stands to reason that the purest form of sports entertainment that guarantees the ‘best of the best’ mentality is the world where the fighting arts can be displayed in safety with a goal of not only inspiring the world through movement, but inspiring the practitioner and the opponent as well.