Thursday, May 29, 2008

How do the martial arts work? Part I

Why are martial arts so good at teaching life skills? We know that have been for centuries, don’t we? Martial artists have always been prime examples of good living, patriotism, and ethics. Values are an intrinsic part of martial arts study. It seems to teach it better than nearly any other method.

When you were young, perhaps before you can remember, you touched something hot. After the first (or maybe second!) time you were scalded you learned a valuable life lesson. Don’t touch hot things!

In fact, you learned it so well that to this day you never deliberately touch anything hot. These physical lessons have a way of sticking with us forever.

So it is with the martial arts. We learn lessons about flexibility in our physical bodies, that relate to adaptability in our thinking. We learn about strength in the body that relates to strength in our hearts and minds. Leveraging our core to create more powerful kicks, punches and throws, teaches us about leveraging our skills in life to create greater “power.” Each physical lesson has its spiritual and mental equivalent.

A good martial artist should always be on the look out for these parallels between the dojiang/dojo and our outside lives. A successful martial artist will become skilled in their application.

- Master Vigil

Friday, May 23, 2008


I'm sure your all wondering why there is so much "karate" on the School's new website.

No, we have not abandoned our beloved Taekwondo, nor have we added any Karate into our curriculum. (Although there is a little there now.)

In this day and age many people refer to all martial arts as "Karate." It's kind of like referring to all soft drinks as "Coke."

When folks go searching for a martial arts school on the internet they often using "Karate" as a keyword - even though what they are actually looking for is "martial arts."

Additionally many people go looking for "Karate" (meaning to look for "martial arts") and then find Taekwondo/Judo/Kung-fu or whatever... they often don't know they have found what they are looking for.

In an effort to reach these people we have added some content to our site that involves Karate.

I hope this clears up any confusion.

Please subscribe to the blog! I'd love to have this be a regular place for us all to come and chat about various things going on in the martial arts world, but also in the Northville, Novi, Plymouth, Livonia, Farmington Hills area.

Next post up: How the Martial Arts work, and why they are so good at developing a persons internal strengths.