We Are The Spark That Will Light The Fire 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 Antonio, Texas, USA
Bullying is both a problem and a reality in many children’s lives. While eliminating all bullying is most likely impossible, it should be in no way tolerated by school teachers and administrators. I state this while admitting that bullying was a large portion of the fire that forged the man I am today. Unfortunately, bullying today is much different than it was in the 90’s with the prevalence of social media. It wasn’t ok then, and even less so today. This brings me to the story of Star Belmonte, a middle-schooler who is experiencing significant bullying daily. While school administrators have been very slow to take Miss Belmonte’s complaints seriously, she is finding answers and help in the martial arts. Just like many of us who have come before.
Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
Self-defense is a prevalent topic all over for various reasons. Some have simple answers to the problem involving concealed-carry firearms, mace, knives, and other self-defense implements. While these are all valid options on paper, the legality of these options can vary with the state of residence and specificity of the situation. However, you always have your body. In this article, these women have taken it upon themselves to become more educated about their potential to defend themselves.
Bradford, Pensylvania, USA
We are going to stick with the self-defense topic here. While there are many men and women who may be seeking self-defense education, someone has to teach it. As martial artists, it is our responsibility to pass on what we have learned to others. Whether in a beautiful studio or dojo, a rec center, library, or backyard, we must be willing to provide that education to others. Sensei Mark Miller has heard the call and is responding.
Redlands, California, USA
Let’s stick with the theme of passing along what you have learned a little bit longer. As a physical therapist, there is no better feeling than when a patient has that moment of realization of how far they have come. The same thing happens with martial arts students. As an educator in both fields, this can be a very gratifying experience knowing that you were able to help them along their path. Here we have Weijun Tang helping to improve the lives of others around him by providing education in Tai Chi.
Buford, Georgia, USA
Almost every martial artist has their own personal meaning for “trials and tribulations.” We can probably transport ourselves back to those tough and challenging times with relative ease. While many of us can claim divorce, bullying, and financial hardships, some hardships can be universally recognized as more severe. Here is the story of a martial artist, Reverend, father, and husband whose family has experienced significant hardships recently and is finding a way to keep moving forward.
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!