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8/14/12 11:20 AM
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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.

Osu

Dedicated to respecting my art

Din Thomas
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8/14/12 11:25 AM
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8/14/12 11:26 AM
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Absolutely true.
8/14/12 11:29 AM
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Someone should send this to the Diaz brothers.
8/14/12 11:33 AM
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Talk softly and carry a big stick.

Martial arts is your big stick Phone Post
8/14/12 11:34 AM
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Perfect.

I agree with this so much.
8/14/12 11:38 AM
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Excellent read and very true. Phone Post
8/14/12 11:44 AM
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I think this is inevitable as the sport grows. Slightly different but do you think professional basketball players get bogged down at the fact that other shitty people play basketball? Or that it has been reduced to either a child's game or a past-time for others that don't take it seriously? Sure MMA is an art form, but it's also trying to be a mainstream sport, and this is part of the process. Those shitty people won't ever make it far in the sport and won't become the icons of the sport so it doesn't really matter.
8/14/12 11:47 AM
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8/14/12 11:53 AM
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Well said Din!
8/14/12 12:23 PM
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"With the explosion of the sport of MMA, it seems that the respect for the art and for others has been lost."

Considering what we know as MMA is 19 years in the making, I don't think "respect" has ever played a pivotal role in the sport. There's been sportsmanship since the beginning for sure, but this isn't a thousand year old traditional martial art with a warrior's code- this started off as no holds barred, replete with groin strikes, hair pulling, eye gouging, self-aggrandizing personalities, and the "Just Bleed" guy.

Aside from that, I agree with Din's message.
8/14/12 12:29 PM
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 Well said.

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Solid! Phone Post
8/14/12 2:17 PM
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An individual martial art- fair enough. MMA.......?Probably not. Phone Post
8/14/12 2:36 PM
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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.
8/14/12 3:36 PM
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Thank you so much Mr. Thomas for sayin' what needed to be sayudd!
8/14/12 10:46 PM
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Agreed %100
8/15/12 12:58 AM
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