This instalment is the first in a series that looks at how martial arts is used in video games! It may give us some added benefit for our own sparring combinations on the mat, and/or help us to think how we can apply what we know in practice when playing martial arts video games.
This past week marks three years since my black belt test. I've often reflected about how my approach to training has changed from something that I would only do at the dojang, to something I now think about and apply constantly. When I train, I look at all three dimensions of martial arts (physical, mental, and spiritual). Since I started this, my abilities and outlook on life has changed for the better in many ways. It all started by thinking how to incorporate martial arts training to my daily life. This article explores three ways how I do it, to show how you can too.
There can be more to martial arts than just the development of physical skill. Character-building is a frequently cited value that can be brought to a practitioner's life. This article explores how the build up to my black belt test marked a defining moment where I experienced gratitude at a deeper level than before. The experience has fundamentally changed my outlook and actions, and can also be helpful to inspire you to reflect on your journey and the value martial arts has brought to you.
Moo Do Jaseh (or Martial Way) underpins the philosophy behind your martial art. For those looking for a deeper meaning to their journey, understanding how you can apply this is important. In this interview, Steven Lemner SBN, a 7th Dan in the USA Moo Duk Kwan explores the concept of Moo Do Jaseh further.
An environmental view to training captures several dimensions where the practitioner influences (and is also influenced by) his or her surroundings. Thinking about this provides martial artists a deeper understanding of their journey so far, and also offers opportunities to develop the mindset and spiritual aspects of training further. In this interview, Elodie Mollet SBN of France Moo Duk Kwan shares how different environmental dimensions have shaped her martial arts journey so far.
"There's more to martial arts than just the belt" is something many of us have heard (and even said!) before. In this article, Simon Hall - Instructor at Essex Soo Bahk Do, shares his incredible journey of how he went from personal challenges that included the loss of family members and being very unfit; to getting into shape, achieving his black belt, bonding with his son, and now launching his very own dojang!