On a Question of the Day
BLACK BELT: How has your view of the martial arts evolved over the years?
Lisa Strykowski Belfiore: My view hasn’t really changed, but my focus has. I’m much more interested in the art and discipline part of it now, and prefer learning the bunkai of kata more than sparring. Gene H. Gause: Kick, punch, throw, spar is NOT martial arts, merely tools. Real martial arts is about empowerment and development of human potential.
Randy Hernandez: I learned fighting multiple attackers is a more tactical approach than the flashy Bruce Lee movies and more like Chuck Norris. Respect other styles and learn from them — that works for me. Self-control is more important with the wannabes out there. Seth Micheal Osmera: It’s changed in the sense that it’s not just about fighting or self-defense, it truly is meant to make you a better version of yourself.
John Guidera: Don’t know if I’m humbled by age, but I don’t feel I have to prove anything to anyone anymore. I’m enjoying getting everything I missed as a kid. I have found harmony within mind, body and spirit. I don’t love fighting as much as I have learned to love karate in its entirety. Tony King: That the only way to truly know if an art works is to test it yourself. A technique that can work for someone else may not work for you. The true art is in the practitioner, not the other way around.
James Wolf Arseno: For most of my life, I’ve looked for pure efficiency and what really works in a real fight. Right now, I’m looking for what works to soothe my soul and make me grow as a person. Robert Kerr: As I get older, it’s less about the martial and more about the art. Dave Giddings: I now realise that, well, everyone wants to be a ninja.