Ring in the New Year With Positivity
This semi-regular post will attempt to highlight positivity in the martial arts from around the world. Unfortunately, it is far too easy to find negative stories on the internet. Positive ones, however, are harder to find. Let’s recognize and celebrate those martial artists and schools who are doing good things in their communities, as well as, making great accomplishments.
You can see the last installment here.
Martial Arts Calendar
If you are putting on any kind of event, workshop, or seminar, feel free to post it at http://www.martialartscalendar.com It can bring attention to your event and is free to use! Go ahead and check out the site to see what is going on in the coming months near you!
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
As martial artists, we all have an idea that comes to mind when we hear the term “perseverance.” Anybody who has stuck with it and achieved anything at the high-color rank or better has had to persevere over something at one point or another. Very few are able to reach the rank of a 1st degree black belt, let alone 2nd degree. A young man named Arik Ancelin has done just that, but he did it despite something that would have defeated others.
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Here we have a reader submission! For this one, let us talk about the transformative process of the martial arts. The martial arts has an amazing way of taking the meek, downtrodden, scared, hurt, and weak and producing a very different person. This would be similar to the caterpillar going through chrysalis and coming out a butterfly on the other side. Ms. Shamir Peshewa Jackson has been training at Knoxville Martial Arts Academy and has experienced this phenomenon in the martial arts. Now, she wants to help others experience it!
Agana Heights, Guam, USA
Most of us have heard of the term “Pillars of the Community” before. Back in the day, that term was typically used to refer to doctors, lawyers, mayors, and other people of note in the area. While communities these days are not the same as they used to be, there still are “Pillars of the Community.” It can be especially beneficial when a martial arts school has accepted that responsibility by being active in its respective community and giving back through donations of time and/or goods. Steve Roberto and the Purebred Academy were instrumental in giving local children a Christmas worth remembering!
Springfield, Tennessee, USA
We all age and we can’t do anything to stop that process. We can slow it down some with high levels of fitness and diet, but that is about it. So when should we all hang up the Gi for good and call it a day? Maybe 60 or 70 years old? What would you say about 85 years old? Well, Martha Gleerup would tell you to get your Gi on and get back on the floor because there’s still training to be had!
Napa, California, USA
Longevity is quite often a very desirable thing. Being able to have consistent success over a long period of time is one of the best kinds of longevity. Experiencing that as a martial arts school is a very notable accomplishment. A hearty congratulation is in order for Matt Weber and his school for 25 years of operation!
If you know of any good examples of positivity in the martial arts, please post them in the comments below!
As always, embrace positivity, my brothers and sisters!