Good martial arts can make one a competent fighter and great martial arts can make one a better person. How has your training informed your non-martial side of life? I’ll start us off with a few examples:
- I’ve made a heck of a lot of friends and acquaintances just meeting fellow martial arts practitioners/addicts.
- The fitness I’ve derived lets me ride my bicycle, walk about town, drive long distances, and a few weeks ago helped me walk a very heavy drunken fellow and his hefty bulldog back home (my stances helped a lot here…)
- My mental clarity and calmness saw me through some exams as a student.
- My confidence and an overall freer spirit let me laugh a lot more than I used to. I’m a lot less shy, too. My default expression is now a small smile instead of a grim scowl. =P
How about you guys? What do you get out of kung fu, karate, wrestling, or what-have-you that informs your life outside of the training hall and off the mat?