In a society where there is no warrior class and acts of aggression are punishable socially and legally, why practice something that trains people to react violently? Most people in society will not have a violent life, and excluding service men and women (Military, Law Enforcement, Private Security), we do not have to fight for our lives on a daily basis. So why invest the hundreds to thousands of dollars, time, sweat, blood, and even broken bodies, into something that in the end is unusable on a daily basis?
Taking into considering that most of the philosophical thought behind martial arts and non violence developed during a time of peace in Japan, when the Samurai were united under the rule of the Emperor or Shogun (sorry if I misspelled), and sought to find ways of justifying their continued existence as a warrior / noble class.
I understand many of the arguments about Martial art being a tool for personal growth, fitness, and to some extent spiritual satisfaction, but do these reasons justify training like a warrior? Especially when there are others ways of achieving the same end that is less expensive? If the above reasons were the case to continue the practice of martial arts, we should just pursue the budo and not judo or jitsu forms of the arts.
I ask this question, as a fellow martial artist, and as a person that trains like a warrior would.
There are reasons on many levels to continue to study the martial arts/ways.It may be useful to look at the two words themselves. Martial means having to do with war or physical conflict. Art ca be defined as taking any natural tendency(fighting,making sounds,drawing pictures,etc) and adding disciplined study and analysis to it,kind of like from raw material to finished product,with a LOT of constant work. The benifits of martial art study and practice start with the obvious physical ones,good conditioning ,coordination,and self protection/family protection. the next stage might be that in order to further progress, at some point the mind needs to push thebody beyond it’s comfortable limits,gaining mental disciple and control over our physical attributes. For some of us further down the road,sometimes we have to dip into reserves beyond just the physical and mental,finding our inner spirit reflected in our pushing beyond what would be reasonable for just the physical and mental. these are peak experences that can be quite illuminating as we face not just an opponent but ourselves.The warrior arts are both a physical and cultural legacy that should be preserved.It is a violent world out there,by the time I was out of high school,I had ben beaten to unconciousnes 3 times,tied to a tree and set on fire once,and been in too many conflicts to count. To date,none of my 4 kids(oldest 14 today!) have been in any conflicts like that,and I am glad of it, but I think that not having to deal with that posibility has made them not realize that life should be an act of will,not passively played out. Lots of rambling thoughts,sorry to go so long,and Redsol,I’m with you on family!