Positivity is What it’s All About!
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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Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA
At 77 years-old, college professor Richard Raspa is showing no signs of slowing down. Mr. Raspa recently earned a first-degree black belt in karate. By chance, he happened by the studio he now calls home and started on a whim. Four years later he earned his black belt and has no intention of stopping now. He is noted as being an inspiration to the other, younger students when the training becomes difficult. Congratulations and continued success to you Mr. Raspa!
An off-duty constable in India thought he would get a free pass, but got more than he bargained for. After verbally harassing her mother, he decided to grope Nikitha Suresh and run. Little did he know that Miss Suresh is a blue belt in karate. Miss Suresh chased him down, tripped him, and reported him to the police station. Now that’s standing up for yourself!
The internet has truly changed the world we live in. Tai Chi master Ye Yongxiang recently spoke about the use of the internet to promote his art. He discussed the benefits, and limitations, of using the internet to teach. He finds that it is a great tool for demonstration and promotion of Tai Chi. However, he also finds limitations with not being physically present with a student. He noted that virtual reality and augmented reality are not mature enough to overcome these shortcomings….yet.
Apparently, Taekwondo is growing in popularity in Malaysia. This is based on the Education Ministry reports seen by Rejang Taekwondo Club founder, and head instructor, Thomas Tang. This rise in popularity can be traced back to the implementation of the “1Sport1Programme” by the Education Ministry. Mr. Tang states that there are over 500 students from all walks of life currently enrolled. He also notes that students from his club have won medals at the Malaysia games in the past.
Traverse City, Michigan, USA
For many, having a stroke is a life-altering experience. The loss of the effective use of one or more limbs can be devastating. This is in addition to the potential changes in the brain affecting perception, cognition, and speech. Thankfully we have martial artists like Bogdan Heretoiu that are actively working to help stroke victims move forward mentally and physically. Mr. Heretoiu utilizes an adaptive strategy with each student, starting with what that particular student can do first. Then he attempts to build upon that initial foundation encouraging discovery of balance limits. He also pairs students together to provide a dynamic resistance, unlike a wall or door. As a Physical Therapist, I salute your efforts to improve lives Mr. Heretoiu!
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!