Pay the Positivity Forward
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!
Linton, Indiana, USA
Many of us have had at least a little experience with a competition setting in our martial arts lives. Whether in sparring, open-hand, or weapons, success requires significant practice and drilling. This hard and gruelling work makes the experience of success all the sweeter. Recently, John Steelman represented his studio and was declared Grand Champion of a local competition. Congratulations sir!
Manchester, Connecticut, USA
Many martial artists have dreams of opening their own studio to teach others full time. While there is risk associated with this, the “pay off” can be profound. Many successful studio owners state that it was the best decision they have ever made because they could quit their “day jobs.” Jin Park recently unveiled his new school to his community. Congratulations, and best of luck to you sir!
Hamilton, Ohio, USA
Stress is something that is universal in the human experience. A vast array of things, situations, and people can cause stress. Unfortunately, too much stress can take its toll on the body and the mind. Since stress is almost unavoidable, management of stress becomes an invaluable skill set. A group of first responders has found martial arts very helpful in combating the growing weight of the stress in their professions and lives.
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Firsts are very exciting. Imagine being the first at anything. Neil Armstrong was a first. George Washington was also a first. The Olympic Committee recently announced the addition of Karate to the upcoming games. This was very exciting news in the martial arts world. Naturally, there will be the first U.S. Karate team. What would you do if you were offered the opportunity to compete to be on the first Karate Team? Probably what Ian Turner and his students are doing…..training, of course!
Hong Kong, China
It is often said that the martial arts is not a destination, but rather a journey. I can say personally that there are many twists and turns along my journey that I would have never seen coming. Contributing to this site is just one of those unseen turns that I am forever grateful for. These unexpected paths along the journey can be some of the most rewarding. Wing Chun practitioner Marc Guyon has also experienced some interesting turns in his martial arts journey.
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!
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