On a Ques­tion of the Day

BLACK BELT: How “spir­i­tual” is your mar­tial arts prac­tice?

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Eric Carr: To me, mar­tial arts em­bod­ies the re­li­gion of daily prac­tice: phys­i­cal as­pects, thought, writ­ing, re­flec­tion. Spir­i­tu­al­ity is part of the in­sep­a­ra­ble core in be­lief and in ac­tion. Igor Martin Pereira: De­pends on what you mean by “spir­i­tual.” If there’s any mys­tic or meta­phys­i­cal sense to it, not at all. But if you mean it as a ve­hi­cle to self-re­al­iza­tion, I guess I’d re­gard it as quite spir­i­tual. Rick Har­ris: To-shin do is very spir­i­tual. It’s more than just beat­ing some­one to a bloody pulp. It’s self-de­fense with a pur­pose and a solid back­ground in win­ning. But you can’t have any of that with­out med­i­ta­tion and good spir­i­tual guid­ance. Hanif Phelps: Do rep­re­sents moral­ity. Spir­i­tu­al­ity is the dis­cov­ery of your truest self. Mar­tial arts can teach us as much about oth­ers as it can teach you about your­self. In a way, our spir­i­tual path is a path of moral in­cli­na­tion whereby we im­prove oth­ers, in ef­fect im­prov­ing our­selves. May peace and un­der­stand­ing be with you all. John Keat­ing: I’m an athe­ist. Per­sonal im­prove­ment is re­ward enough for me.

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