Martials Arts: The Art of Self-Defense
Some people may think that martial arts can be a waste of time. In reality, it may be useful in many different situations. If you’re being bullied, you could rely on taekwondo as a source of self-defense. Or, if you’re being attacked, you could use hapkido to flip your attacker on the ground. Martial arts will teach you how to protect yourself in the event of physical confrontation, but this is the most modest of their benefits. In addition to helping you get and stay physically fit, Martial Arts can help you minimize stress, develop better focus and self-discipline, and move you along the road to self-discovery.
Although martial arts offers you physical skills, they should only be used in the form of self-defense. The main purpose of martial arts is to make students non-violent, and to inspire them with feelings of confidence which will make their lives more meaningful. Being a black belt myself, I strongly agree with this ideal mission, children often misinterpret the meaning of martial arts. They think of it a trick to make them strong and scary. To clarify this misunderstanding, I’d like to point out that if you attack someone this would be your fault. Defending yourself would mean that you were reluctant to do harm. In other words, to attack is to intentionally harm others. Self-defense is to defend you from an attack by hurting others unwillingly.
When I first started taekwondo, I thought that it would help me become less ignored. I would just sit in my own little corner and read; I didn’t care if I was a bibliophilic. After I started taekwondo, it expanded my horizon little by little. Back then I was only a white belt, so I wasn’t very courageous. I started taekwondo when I was nine years old, in third grade, as a white belt. Presently, I’m a 12-year-old sixth grader who has nearly been a first-degree black belt for an entire year.
More than three years have past, and all this time I’ve been working hard to become an excellent student with a higher ranking. These years have taught me that you can only make achievements by working hard. I use to think that taekwondo could be a skill to hurt the people that I disliked. Now, I realize that martial arts weren’t created for selfish uses, but for selfless ones.