Whenever people talk about this stuff and why they do it, you rarely hear anyone talk about the real reason they do it. It is fun. I just got Rory Miller's new DVD on joint locks and I am looking forward to watch it and experiment with my girl. She never took any classes, but she loves Bruce Lee and we have had great times messing around with James Keating's draw point system, using rubber knives, and practicing some of the L.I.N.E. combatives techniques. We got an airsoft 1911 and her aim improved exponentially after just minutes of guidance an d encouragement. It is fun teaching her how to move without all the b.s. solemnity and seriousness associated with martial arts. If I'm not able to relax and play with it, I'm not learning anything.
And who doesn't enjoy hitting things.
p.s. Don't get me wrong, I get all solemn and serious with my precious kata, too. But I only do that because it feels soooo good.
I can relate to all of these comments, but this one really resonates with me. I am a mental health professional and use a blog for one of my practices.Obviously karate-do is something I believe in as a way of life. Has been for me for almost 25 years. Hope it's ok to post this:http://mindbodycoach.org/
When people ask if martial arts are for health or self defense my answer is "Yes, they are for health or self defense."