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Are the martial arts heading into a dieing art? Where is the martial arts heading?
By Rod L. Griffin   

Last edited: Friday, August 16, 2002
Posted: Friday, August 16, 2002

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Written for TNT Martial Arts Magazine.
Are the martial arts heading into a dieing art? Where is the martial arts heading?

These are questions you may have found yourself asking; I know I have. Unfortunately, you may or may not, depending on where you train, be entering into a dieing art? Of coarse, we are speaking of the martial arts in general. In this fast paced world synonymous with making the quick buck and the consumption of materialism, the martial arts itself sadly to say, for some, has dwindled down into an art of commercialism. A wonderful skill that has dwindle to receiving money for little exchange. Teachers who have given black belts away for mere paper profits, therefore leading to students unable to perform the most basic of exercises within the system. Teachers abandoning the true essence of the martial arts philosophy, and thereby breeding a generation or two, of lost and thought-less students. Students unable to tell you what the definition of the martial arts is much less its history or origin. Students more concerned with how to choke someone out versus how to flourish and prosper in life. Black belts made, when on observation are realistically at the intermediate level. And so, it is with commercialism that the martial arts have dwindled to such a state. I mean letís be honest here, when was the last time you visited a martial arts school and found them practicing the art of meditation? In twenty years, itís been few and far between!

But still, there are many of those amongst the ranks that have held true to their form and styles. They have stayed honest with themselves and their teachings. They have endured a mess such as this, and continued to teach the true meaning of the martial arts in their particular system. They have passed on true philosophy taught by our elders and maintained their integrity. They have undergone, and maintained their principles throughout their time. It is nice to know that in this society filled with over consumption and commercialism in the martial arts that there are still systems and its instructors that strive to deliver the right data, the correct technology on the martial arts and its history. Just as history evolves the martial arts has done the same. But what will it evolve to? Although you may not agree, the answer I feel lies within its instructors. Will the martial arts evolve into something better, something stronger something still worthy and worthwhile only to endure the cruelties of the physical universe? It is of coarse yet to be seen. But again, ultimately the end result will wind up being the end product of what was created by those teaching and learning now. As a student do you dare to learn the full aspects of your art, do you dare to question what you are being taught, do you dare to imagine a world where the martial arts can still lead you to enlightenment? And as an instructor do you care enough to take the time to show your students all the meanings of your art including the philosophical. Do you dare to imagine that all of your students have something to learn about your system and about the true purpose behind the arts? Is your art, the martial arts dieing or expanding? The answer lies within what we make of it now and in doing so will hopefully teach a new generation of caring instructors who not only understand the true meaning of the martial arts but how to keep it eternal.

May you flourish and prosper in life. ∑

Taken from the book: ďThe Way of the Cosmic Fist.Ē
By: Rod L. Griffin & John J. Gabriel. Purchase the book at:

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Reviewed by LuAnn Goodwin 10/4/2002
I feel this is what is actually happening in the Martial Arts across America today. we need to find the true meaning of the Martial Arts again the way our fore fathers brought it to us.

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