Din Thomas: Growth of MMA led to lack of respect

by Din Thomas | source: mixedmartialartsinportstlucieflorida.com

For me the Martial Arts are not just an activity, it's a lifestyle.  It's not something I just do a few days a week, or on the weekends. It's a way I govern myself based on a personal standard that I set for myself in order to push myself to accomplish things that I may not have thought I could. Being a true martial artist also includes living with a higher sense of integrity, self respect, and most importantly respect for others.

With the explosion of the sport of MMA, it seems that the respect for the art and for others has been lost. It seems that most guys are getting involved solely to “kick butt," act macho, and bully others. The glorification of the sport often eclipses the art and the positive benefits that the martial arts were intended for. The irony is that the guys that get into MMA solely to “kick butt”  tend not to do as well or last as long.  But they surely give us a bad name.

Being instructors of martial arts, we have a responsibility to share our art appropriately. First and foremost, people should learn to respect their own body enough to train it to the highest level of their ability. They should also train their mind to give them the confidence to use it. Secondly, before punching, kicking, and grappling, people need to learn to respect each other. In order to maximize your training experience, you must respect your partners and your partners must respect you. Otherwise, training could be disastrous.  Because at the end of the day, its not about “kicking butt."  Its about improving a skill set, as well as building relationships.  You will find that if you can learn to respect others on the mat when practicing martial arts, it will be that much easier to respect others and command respect in your everyday life.


Dedicated to respecting my art

Din Thomas
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InTheWeedz site profile image  

8/27/12 6:48 PM by InTheWeedz

  the homey DinYerO! good stuff. . . .

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8/27/12 6:41 PM by MarcusRenatoBlackBelt

Din Thomas is a HOFer and a great Ambassador to the UFC. I'd like to see him do some damage at 145 . Him vs Aldo would be a fantastic fight. Din's boxing is top notch in MMA

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8/27/12 5:27 PM by P Crook


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8/15/12 1:20 AM by NotImpressedByYourScreenName

You don't realise just how ignorant that one post made you look

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8/15/12 12:58 AM by Marion Cobretti


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8/14/12 10:46 PM by Sakuraba belt

Agreed %100

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8/14/12 3:36 PM by newjack900

Thank you so much Mr. Thomas for sayin' what needed to be sayudd!

daba site profile image  

8/14/12 2:36 PM by daba

So glad he said this. I wonder if years from now people will even respect traditional martial arts and its teachings. Even when guys like Anderson Silva or Jon Jones make reference to Bruce Lee it helps people realize there's a lot more to MMA and its history.

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8/14/12 2:20 PM by MarcusRenatoBlackBelt

I think that Mayorga slap taught Din Thomas a valuable lesson in respect. I wish he would stay in MMA and teach these Haymaker Hillbillies how to throw a real punch like a man.

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8/14/12 2:17 PM by neil11

An individual martial art- fair enough. MMA.......?Probably not.