We’ve seen them all, the coolest martial arts move in the latest martial arts movie, leaning over the person we were watching the movie with and saying, “I want to do that! That’s great!” It’s amazing how inspired we get when we see things that actors and some martial artists can do on the big screen and they make it look so easy that we think we can just leave the cinema and be a black belt in Kung Fu. That is never the case unless one is already in training with a martial arts master. Actors like Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee were experts in martial arts before starting their acting careers, so that proves that even the most skilled and trained martial artist can die if a stunt goes wrong.
However, there are several reasons to train in the martial arts field. One of these reasons is the exercise and fitness it offers. There is a wide variety of techniques to train in, many students only have one or two disciplines because the branches of this sport are huge and change quite a bit. Because there are so many different techniques, it will never be boring to learn how the sport works. The concept of disciplining the mind has a mental muscle to help control the actions and power behind the punches and kicks is constantly taught in martial arts. The terminology of the attacks is used, along with how the attack is coordinated with the body, so that the student can remember this information when needed during a match. The actions of sparring with a partner are used to show the student how another human reacts to their attack. It also gives the student an idea of what a fight will be like if they are knocked back. This allows the learner to understand how easy it is to hurt and be hurt by someone in a fight, be it regulated or a street fight. Martial arts also teach ways to stay out of fights and avoid street fights.
Confidence also comes with knowing martial arts as students are consistently pushed to try harder in a positive way. They are instructed to aim better, both the punches and the kicks, so that they have maximum effect. A positive attitude is important because at some point the student will get hurt, so instead of getting angry about missing a punch, and opening himself up to a hit, learn from it and move on. The student must be willing and able to give his master and his education every possible opportunity and to work as hard as possible, even when they are sick or painful.
Actors like Steven Segal and Jackie Chan bring martial arts to the fore again and again with their movies or their television shows. Mr. Chan has been a powerful force for promoting the usefulness and positive aspects of martial arts in his own life. Deputy Chief Segal has decided not only to make martial arts movies, but to use that information about a police force in Louisiana and has been doing so successfully for 20 years. He’s even taught his agents some tricks to help them when they’re out in the field and they can’t get their guns.