The Flux Capacitor Needs 1.21 Jiggawatts of 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
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!
San Diego, California, USA
How many times have you felt limited, by yourself or others? Maybe you’ve been told all your life how uncoordinated and awkward you are? Unfortunately, many people don’t have any clue what amazing things they are capable because they have never scratched their surface. Here we have a self-written accounting of just one such “awkward and uncoordinated” woman who dared to be better. She discovered that her chains were only on because she allowed them to be!
You can also listen to a podcast episode on whistlekick Martial Arts Radio covering this general subject here.
Chico, California, USA
How do we grow the martial arts? While open houses, special promotions, and self-defense seminars are valid ideas, I have another suggestion. How about education? If you can create open minds when they are young and provide them with positive experiences, then you can really change things. This short article tells of Grandmaster Farshad Azad teaching Tai Chi to 4th and 5th graders. I’m willing to bet he created a few open minds that day!
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
I personally feel that the goal for any martial artist should be to get a little better today than you were yesterday. That kind of goal is what can take an ordinary person to great heights of accomplishment. In the case of 13-year-old Natalie Hershberger, she is excelling at that goal. She recently earned her fourth straight spot on the AAU Taekwondo National Team and will compete in 2018. Congratulations Miss Hershberger!
Flint, Michigan, USA
Unfortunately, losing those close to us happens all too often. It can be worse when that loved one may have passed on before we reached a major milestone or accomplishment in our life – one we wanted to share with them. However, sometimes that loved one can fight and hang on long enough to witness those milestones and accomplishments. Here we have a story of a fighter who held on long enough to see his nephew earn his junior black belt in Ju-Jitsu.
Lousiville, Kentucky, USA
Many of us grew up emulating, often badly, the martial arts movies of our time. Those impressive kicks, the acrobatics, in addition to the mysterious “death touches” and “ninja secrets.” Some of us even wanted to be martial arts movie stars when we grew up. For 7th-degree black belt Sean Ramey, that dream is going to be a reality. He will be starring in the film Permanent, which will debut this Friday. He plays the instructor of Patricia Arquette’s character. Congratulations Master Ramey!
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!