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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You can see the last installment here.
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Balance in life is something many martial artists are seeking to obtain. However, this can be an elusive goal to achieve. For Shawn Moore, Saturdays and Sundays strike different ends of the scale. On Sundays, he is the Pastor at a local Methodist church delivering sermons. One Saturday a month, conversely, is reserved for delivering lessons in Krav Maga to the parishioners. He focuses on fitness and self-defense only when necessary.
UCLA, California, USA
It is well known that the art of Tai Chi can be very beneficial for health. Quantifying the benefits, however, has not been well explored. Dr. Michael R. Irwin has been working to determine the benefits of Tai Chi with breast cancer survivors. Specifically, he studied the benefits of Tai Chi with insomnia, compared to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I think you’ll enjoy reading about his findings!
Winsford, Cheshire, United Kingdom
It appears that hard work and dedication actually do pay off! Of course, martial artists already know this to be true. It is also true for the Modern Kempo Karate Association. In a previous Positivity post (here), I brought you the story of their efforts to construct and donate a grotto to the local town to create a “winter wonderland”. Read on to see just how their grotto turned out!
West Linn, Oregon, USA
No martial artist gets to the rank of a 5th-degree black belt without trials and tribulations. This is especially true for Rachel Lee, who was born with Down Syndrome. She has been training for over two decades in Taekwondo and recently earned the rank of Master. She is already looking towards her 6th-degree black belt. Keep up the hard work Ms. Lee!
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
This is another entry in overcoming obstacles. It is natural for us as people to seek out calm waters in life. However, it is only through adversity that we can discover how much we are truly capable of. This is especially true for Josh Espinal, who teaches karate in his studio. He spent six years in the Army and was a police officer. While these previous stints can offer plenty of difficulties, nothing could prepare him for waking up blind one day. Read on to see how he has adapted to, and overcome, this unexpected change in his life!
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!