April 16, 2024

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A Philosophy Lesson with Instructor Ma

A Philosophy Lesson with Instructor Ma

I am the World Martial Arts Congress, Language, Culture and Character Development Teacher. I am here today to share with you some valuable information about philosophy and the martial arts.

This is an honor for me to be a part of this show discussing philosophy because my family members are direct descendants of the world-renowned Chinese philosopher and military strategist, Confucius.

So, for me the study of martial arts philosophy is not a hobby.

It is a 2,500-year-old family tradition.

Today my topic is: The Way of the Warrior:

An Introduction to Confucian Martial Arts Philosophy

For centuries, the wisdom of Confucius has shaped not only Chinese society but also martial arts traditions around the world.

His philosophy, emphasizing self-cultivation, virtue, and harmony, forms the bedrock of many fighting styles, offering a path to excellence beyond mere physical prowess.

Confucius believed that true martial skill stemmed not from aggression but from inner peace and self-mastery. He stressed the importance of “Junzi,” the noble or exemplary person, embodying qualities like:

  • Ren: Benevolence and compassion, treating others with kindness and respect.
  • Li: Propriety and etiquette, following moral principles and social norms.
  • Xin: Sincerity and integrity, remaining true to one’s values and commitments.
  • Zhi: Wisdom and knowledge, seeking constant self-improvement through learning.

These Confucian ideals permeate martial arts training. Students learn not just fighting techniques but also respect for their teachers, opponents, and themselves.

They strive for “Wu De,” the martial virtue, encompassing courage, humility, and self-control.

Victory in combat is not the sole objective. The true goal is to overcome one’s inner demons – anger, fear, arrogance – and achieve self-perfection.

Through rigorous training and self-reflection, martial artists embody the Confucian ideal of “Zhong Yong,” the golden mean, finding balance in all aspects of life. Confucius believed that the martial way is not just about fighting but about cultivating oneself and contributing to society.

Martial artists are expected to use their skills for the greater good, defending the weak and upholding justice. Martial arts students at our school volunteer at a soup kitchen, serving food to the homeless and elderly. They interact with kindness and patience, putting Confucian values into practice.

This commitment to service reflects the Confucian concept of “Ren Ai,” universal love and compassion. By extending kindness beyond the school, martial artists embody the true spirit of the warrior as a protector and benefactor. Confucian martial arts philosophy offers a unique path to self-discovery and excellence.

By integrating physical training with moral development, it fosters individuals who are not only skilled fighters but also virtuous citizens, contributing to a more harmonious and just world.

For more information on the World Martial Arts Congress please visit our website at www.worldmartialartscongress.cn

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About the author: Instructor Ma is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in the Korean self-defense art of Hapkido and a 2nd Dan in Traditional Taekwondo. She is a licensed Healthy Life Tai Chi Instructor, professional sports and fitness model and full-time Nursing student. She is the Language, Culture and Leadership Development Teacher for the World Martial Arts Congress.

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