It’s All Good 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
Have you ever struggled to find seminars in your local or regional area? That is because there was no place to post events so that everybody could see them…………..until now! 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!
Many of us grew up idolizing, and maybe wanting to become, the amazing martial artists we saw on television and in movies. They are the reason many of us sought out martial arts in the first place. Regardless of where our individual paths have taken us, they provided the spark. Here we have the story of a kung fu practitioner that was similarly inspired by movies and television. It inspired him to seek out the martial arts, and even live in China for a while to further his learning.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Here in the USA, having martial arts tournaments that feature women’s divisions is standard. In other places, it is much less common. Sometimes it’s forbidden. Coming up soon, the Arab Women Sports Tournament will include karate as a discipline for the first time. Here is to hoping this is just the beginning!
Recognition and accolades tend to come when a person has accomplished impressive feats. Many of us have gotten accolades when we’ve earned a new rank or instructorship, or did well at a competition. Recognition tends to come when a person has done something notable. This recognition can come from the local newspaper, or maybe your town mayor. You may have accomplished something truly impressive if your state or federal government is giving you recognition. Here we have the story of a young lady who received recognition from the British House of Commons for her impressive achievement, and then promptly went on to accomplish even more! Congratulations Miss Leyla Palser!
We will keep with the theme of recognition for this next one. While some get recognition for notable achievements, some seek the recognition. Bruce Lee, while famous for many things, was given recognition for introducing the USA to Kung Fu. You could also say that he introduced much of the world outside of China to Kung Fu as well. Here we have the story of a highly decorated man from Egypt who has gotten recognition for his Kung Fu talent……….in China. However, he is virtually unknown in Egypt. He is working hard to raise the awareness of Kung Fu in his home country.’
Generosity can come in many forms. Sometimes it can be a simple gift, or a favor performed. Generosity, almost always, involves putting oneself second to the person you are helping. There are plenty of stories out there about how bad things are in the world. Yet somehow, I continue to find no shortage of stories illustrating how generous human beings, and specifically martial artists, can be when they hear of someone truly in need. Read on to see how a Taekwondo school in Oregon chose to provide much-needed assistance to a young girl fighting cancer.
Let’s start a discussion! Did any of these articles have an effect on you? Did they change the way you viewed a particular topic? Don’t be shy! Feel free to sound off!
If you know of any good examples of positivity in the martial arts, please let me know! You can contact me directly using the contact form right below this, or post in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
As always, embrace positivity, my brothers and sisters!
Latest posts by Scott Bolon
- Positivity in the Martial Arts-02/14/2018 - February 14, 2018
- Positivity in the Martial Arts-02/07/2018 - February 7, 2018
- Martial Journal School Spotlight: UND Hisshou Karate - February 4, 2018