achievement & Martial arts
Today’s theme is Achievement and how training in the martial arts embody this concept and help you reach your personal achievement goals.
But what does Achievement mean?
The Oxford dictionary defines achievement as “a thing done successfully with effort, skill or courage”. That definition will sound very familiar to anyone involved in the martial arts. In fact, life’s greatest achievement is for the human spirit to rise up to make the most of the opportunities and the resources that are available to it
British author, James Allen, likens the first steps toward achievement as being like that of a dream or an egg waiting to be hatched, writing “The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities”. Martial arts promise to the wake the angel or the warrior or the highest Self that you can be, through effort, skill or courage just like the Oxford dictionary describes.
One of Bruce Lee’s best quotes perfectly describes what it takes to achieve the dream that lies inside us all, he said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”. So how do martial arts help you find your true spirit and achieve your greatest goals through effort skill and courage?
The obvious one of course is through the effort called training. Nothing can be achieved without effort,training and practise. Martial arts is an arena perfectly created for this.
Martial arts improve coordination and focus at the same time. This benefits the mind by training it to focus on one thing until it is accomplished. Hence, martial arts teach the mind to create and visualize the moves while the body executes them. Together mind and body reach a level of achievement that excites the spirit.
Martial arts improve listening skills and therefore the ability to follow instructions which leads to better performance in all the tasks that a required to be achieved.
Martial arts teach coordination with the intention of achieving movements that are swift and purposeful. It’s a known fact amongst psychologists that good physical coordination has a positive effect on performance in sports, studies and many other aspects of life.
Through precise foot and hand movements such as turning quickly, accurate punching, jumping, and kicking, martial arts improve and develop concentration as well as the fine motor skills. These skills are essential in life and we often take them for granted, but if you ask a parent with a child who has a developmental coordination disorder, you will understand how important this is for the child to achieveacademic, social and physical success as they grow up.
Martial arts provide the exact forum that Achievement needs because the martial arts allow you to get up as many times as you need so you can Achieve your greatest result. There is a Japanese maxim that explains Achievement perfectly, “Fall down 7 times, get up 8 times”.
Achieving that black belt takes work, but the effort required for success is sweet. So therefore, Achieve the best that you can because why would you settle for any less?