How can we extend the spirit of a martial art
outside our practice environments?
This is the second article in a three part series. The unifying theme of the series is this:
How we can extend the principles, values, and benefits of the martial arts to a broader part of society?
If you’ve not read it, the first article in the series is “The Power of Shodo“.
If you’re reading this fine martial arts publication, you’re probably a martial artist, and likely a very experienced one. You’ve almost certainly had first hand experience with the unique combination of elegant beauty and devastating power that comes from the technique of a great master. You’ve probably been deeply moved and inspired by seeing beginners break through the barriers of ego, complacency, and pain, to blossom as martial artists and human beings.
The world loves martial arts. In any given year, the majority of the top grossing movies contain some form of martial arts. Today’s films contain wonderfully produced action scenes, and a few are able to successfully convey the spirit of the martial arts.
Unfortunately, this is the only type of exposure the vast majority of society has to the martial arts. What remains largely unseen is the real technique, drama, and personal growth that happens inside the local martial arts training halls across the world.
How can we extend the inspiration and wisdom of the arts we practice to a broader segment of society? How can we capture, preserve, and share the essence of an art, or a martial artist, outside of our practice environments?
One technique we can use is photography.