Positivity Is What It Is!
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.
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
There are certain arts that are well respected all over the world by martial artists. It does not matter whether you are a practitioner or not. Krav Maga and Muay Thai are two of those arts. What follows here is a personal accounting from a woman who wanted to be able to defend herself. She tells of her journey of her martial arts awakening through Krav Maga and Muay Thai. Train hard, train often!
This is yet another personal account from a woman and her experiences. She details how she came to attend a Tier 2 self-defense class held at Miami University (Ohio). She also elaborates on some epiphanies that she experienced because of this self-defense course. This is so true in how we can be told something so many times and change nothing. However, it’s that one time that we hear it in just the right way, and it changes everything!
Newport Pagnell, England, United Kingdom
As martial artists, the concept of fighting is a common one. However, we usually don’t mean fighting for our lives against cancer. 39-year-old Karol Komorski, a Wing Chun black belt and father of two, was recently diagnosed with stage-4 stomach cancer. The prognosis is not positive, but he and his family are not planning on giving up. There is a Gofundme page to help with expenses and his wife is exploring every treatment option available. Our prayers go out to Mr. Komorski and his family!
They say when you stay in one place long enough, you become that place. This may be true for Master Noly Caluag and his school. They are celebrating their fifteenth anniversary in Guam. After getting laid off from a company in California, he moved to Guam to be closer to friends and family. Since opening his Taekwondo school, he has never looked back. Congratulations Master Caluag!
A chance meeting and love brought Rhio Zablan from the Philippines to China. While he found love and happiness, he was still longing for home. To help with this, he began teaching Filipino Martial Arts. He hopes that he can do his part to help promote understanding and respect between the Filipino and Chinese cultures with his martial arts.
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!