Friday, June 16, 2017

FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Religion and the Martial Arts

IT'S FACE-OFF FRIDAY!

Today's topic is pretty controversial in some quarters.

Let's talk about mixing religious faith and martial arts training.

For some of us, we openly mix religion and the martial arts. Either it's a faith system that is "native" to the martial art being practiced (usually from the East, so we're talking about a number of religious traditions depending on the source - could be Buddhism, Shintoism, or a host of others), or another faith, such as Christianity or Islam, has "replaced" those points of view but is still pretty openly a part of the training.  To train in the group, you usually also "train" in the religious practice.  We also have organizations around faith and martial arts training, such as Karate for Christ International and the Muslim Martial Arts Society, to name two.

Then you have the other side of the equation, where most, if not all, expressions of religious faith in training is discouraged or simply not allowed.  Heck, we even have some folks arguing that martial arts training is incompatible with practicing the faith at all.  Here's an article discussing this:  Should a Christian Practice Martial Arts?

So I want to know what you think about mixing religion and the martial arts.  It is important to you?  What are the pros and cons?


IS COMBINING MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING AND RELIGIOUS FAITH A GOOD THING?