Money can’t buy happiness. Practice makes perfect. The early bird gets the worm.
These are life lessons we learn at home, at school, and in business. Did you know we can also learn a lot about life through the practice of martial arts? Today, we’re going to talk about 5 life lessons martial arts teaches, and we hope you’re ready to let the conversation flow!
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water,” said the legendary Bruce Lee. “Now you put water into a cup; it becomes the cup; you put water into a bottle; it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
How Can Martial Arts Practice Enrich Our Lives?
At MP USA, we believe that incorporating a martial art such as Merpati Putih into our lives has many benefits. These range from increased job performance and financial well-being to the development of leadership skills.
Because martial arts engage us at the physical, emotional, and even spiritual levels, they can benefit us greatly as we seek to improve our lives. Here are some of our favorite messages to share:
- Discipline is the Key to Real Success: We all know that success usually doesn’t come easy. It requires commitment, dedication, and resilience. Practicing MP can help us develop the discipline we need to master difficult skills and become our best selves.
- Physical Fitness: When our bodies are healthy and strong, we are better-equipped to meet life’s challenges. Being involved in martial arts programs such as MP USA’s Wealth of Health Fitness Program or our Outdoor Adventure program are great ways to get in shape.
- Small Steps Lead to Long-term Gains: When Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” he was talking about how we can achieve greatness one step at a time. Sometimes, we face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. If we can break them down into smaller pieces, we can often overcome them. Martial arts creates a perfect setting to develop this skill as we master new techniques one at a time and slowly, determinedly advance in rank.
- Respect: We’ve talked about the advantages of martial arts youth programs sharing, “Respect is one of the most important values in martial arts. Students must learn to respect each other, themselves, and their instructors.” Applying this value in every aspect of our lives can help us have more inner peace and develop better personal and professional relationships.
- Courage: One of Master Yoda’s best-loved quotes is, “Be brave, young Padawan.” This adage is important because courage can help us keep standing when life tries to knock us down. We develop courage in martial arts practice because we are often challenged beyond our perceived limits. We also have to face our fears and overcome our weaknesses. This helps us acquire the physical, mental and emotional fortitude we need to be successful wherever life takes us.
How to Get Started
Now that you’ve learned a little more about 5 life lessons martial arts teaches, we hope you’re asking yourself, “How can I get started?”
“Knowing is not enough,” said Bruce Lee, “we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
If you’re ready to start doing something amazing for yourself, we invite you to begin your personal journey of a thousand steps at MP USA! Enrollment is currently underway for our Wealth of Health Fitness Program, and our Outdoor Adventure Program is coming up in April. For more information, please call us at 801-940-1549.