Martial Arts Ethics and Morals In Training


With the advent of mankind violence has existed as far back as we know it as man became more civilized ethics and morals were added into the types of fighting that they would do with wisdom and growth and a person even in today’s society we have to understand there are moral implications when we’re studying the martial arts stay tuned we’ll talk about it welcome Shihan’s Dojo I’m Shihan Marty Husband and I’m here today to help you build your martial arts skill or if you wanting to learn a little bit more about the martial arts to tell you a little bit more about it so if you have for the first time jab that subscribe button and punch the Bell so we can notify you when we have a new video coming out the question for today “Are there really any ethics or morals in martial arts today?” Leave your ideas and comments down on the bottom down there so we could maybe get a discussion going here many of the classical styles of martial arts over the years have had their own traditions knowledge and experience each of this has supposedly been passed down from generation to generation training in these types of martial arts have led to the ideas of promoting one’s health and improving one’s temperament helping them within the struggles of nature and in the course of their own lives well what comes into play today are the ethics as real today as they were hundreds of years ago in Chinese martial arts the thought of self-defense and mental training are only part of what is taught and teaching their martial arts they used something called “Wude” which basically means martial morality certain philosophies of Chinese martial arts has basically been prevalent for centuries especially in understanding how to have a stable relationship man to man or woman to woman there’s an old saying in the martial arts that states that one must learn civility before he starts to learn the art and one must know ethics before his skill civility should be attained in that we have politeness respect courtesy and consideration for others ethics on the other hand is basically a set of acceptable behaviors to guide the student with proper morals and the philosophies to go for family culture society and themselves most Asian cultures tend to have a sense of community this sense is basically driven by the fact that they take care of each other because they rely on each other they they show respect for each other in their daily jobs in helping the community and make it grow stronger they make sure in their own hearts that they followed these ethic principles and this of the community to hold deep respect for all those that live in their community in the classical methods of Chinese martial arts and the traditional karate methods that are taught in Okinawa they were always taught not to use their skills unless absolutely necessary you can see this in many of the classical Chinese writings or even the precepts that was written by uncle Otto Hsu in these they always talk about walking away from a fight if possible where if one has to fight fight for your community your family your masters your teachers those that were around you but never for yourself now that’s not to say there weren’t people out there trying to brag and grow on their martial arts saying that they’re the best and we’re going to show you who’s the best and for whatever reason have the narcissistic tendencies to try to prove something to themselves that they are better than anybody else the Japanese did treat the martial arts a little different in that they made sure that they were prepared for war self-defense fights whatever and of course there was much cruelty that sometimes happen throughout the samurai periods things changed once Gichin Funakoshi came to Japan to teach karate even his ideals varied between the two teachers he had From Ankoh Itosu and Yatsume Azato. Yatsume Azato was also very famous but he was a famous warrior and a horseman very peaceful man nice but he was a lawyer as a supposition of my part I would think that with Funakoshi family background it probably inspired him a little bit more to understand what competition was in some ways it helped Funakoshi to become more adapted to the mainland Japanese ideas of reasons for fighting and getting people prepared in case they ever had to fight or go to war I would suggest sometimes and I might share it someday with you guys Itosu’s precepts and Funakoshi precepts were close but there were some minor changes in understanding and ideologies that they passed on but the one thing you’ve got to understand people like Jiro Kano who came from a jujitsu background which was for self-defense and created a sport and a peaceful sport and morihei ueshiba the founder of aikido doing the same thing both of these guys came from warrior style backgrounds and started a big promotion of peaceful practice and competition in Aikido it was thought wrong if you had to fight yet people trained to make sure that they were ready in case they ever had to judo as we know became a real popular sport and basically means the gentle way even the precepts that these four Itosu Funakoshi, Kano and Ueshiba began to really transform the Chinese ideals of community personage as well as perfection of one’s self their religions did have a play in the way they thought or dealt with their lives however martial arts itself unlike the myths that come out is not done or created just by religious people many people think that the ethics were created by religious Shaolin monks or Buddhist monks that have passed these ideas and traditions down but in reading Itosu’s precepts and you made it perfectly clear that the ethics and morals had nothing to do with religious backgrounds but the right thing for people to do it’s a common fallacy today that they think that the ethics and morality came from these religious persuasions and it’s not true it just came from the hopefully the civility of mankind but there’s nobody saying this is when it happened and all four of these basic styles they always tried to understand the levels of self-defense and how to use them not everything was a strict and kill because something happened fighting itself was only paramount according to the attacks that would be giving to him at that time many other things that were taught was that respect for masters traditions and other styles I mean it’s according to Funakoshi book if I remember right Atos who was basically the one who told him to work with Azato and a couple of other instructors in which Funakoshi built his Shotokan around many of these masters specialized in different areas of the martial arts and one could learn a lot from them and not everybody claimed to know everything about the martial arts so we’re willing to teach their secrets or how to fight the way they understood it other than political problems for fighting or war or things like that masters would usually pass down the important stuff to their senior students in many instances they were lost over the years for different reasons but one thing that usually always remained were the morals and ethics in that system even Yip man out of China had a code of conduct that his students had to follow in order for him to continue teaching them and keeping him in his organization I sometimes wonder about the eclectic styles out there they basically draw their ideas from what street fighting different styles of martial arts and sometimes bash what they really don’t understand but one thing I have to wonder about is the ethics and morals that are passed on through these eclectic styles in today’s society we have kind of a different way of ethics and morality it’s a sad thing because I’ve seen it so many times out there with the lack of respect for other martial arts styles everybody has a claim that this is better than this and that’s better than that and are not afraid of telling people that they’re some sort of McDojo’s as they call it not all of those Styles out there are McDojo’s and it’s just a matter of understanding and respecting what they know I think in today’s society if ethics and morality were studied a little more even outside of the traditional Styles you would see a much better martial arts built other than the egos that are built up off these martial artists who think that their ideals are the best in many ways martial art still serves an overall importance and that is helping people to understand their self-defense and the right times that they need to use it as for competition and and that there are many different types of skills in that that are not related to self-defense however the same thing can be said with self-defense that they tend to not always understand what they can learn from the other systems out there I think in respecting other styles or other martial artists that are training one can begin to really grow in their own martial arts and take it to a point where they make that art their own I think Bruce Lee was completely correct and talking about the art itself making that art your own and I also believe that ever fighting style that you learn helps build a fingerprint of what your style of fighting is now mind you I do think there are some McDojo’s as you call it out there but in some cases I think they’re literally blasted because the commercialism that I see out there it’s one thing I preach against when people start talking to me today about MMA and how it’s the best way to learn to fight self-defense I disagree with them because I consider them a gladiatorial art just like it was in Rome the only difference is these men become slaves to themselves trying to prove something where are in Rome these were slaves actually fighting for their lives I think in many ways these martial artists who combined the things that they’ve studied are excellent fighters however the hero worship is really bad I think that people have to realize that they’re just people because sometimes their moral ethics are not as heroic as commercialism makes them out to be not saying that for all of them but many of them still have things that I would concern me with their moral structure I’ve always respected everyone in the communities and other mark artist even if I didn’t agree with some things that they were doing it wasn’t my place if I understood exactly what they were doing maybe I could agree with them but everyone has a limited prejudice or ideas that they cannot see past I think on the Internet today there’s a fascination with people not understanding the true nature of what the Internet is there’s a lot of thoughts material out there and I love it when somebody says well you just need to google it well Google isn’t always correct and neither does look at Wikipedia considering that it’s just normal people writing information in there there’s many things you cannot learn unless you train completely ethically morally and how to improve yourself I’m sure there are many people out there are upset by this is saying oh I have moral ethics and you don’t know what you’re talking about well if you come back with that think about what you just said or think about what I was trying to tell you I’m often reminded by the fact when I watched the Karate Kid I was really upset to see who the real bad guy was there at the beginning it was Ralph Macchio’s character that actually was the bad guy cause he kept egging things on later on when he got beat up by the group of boys after he pulled the prank on the leader he then ran away and had all of them to fight which then of course was we know the story he gets saved and then you find out that these guys teacher is the real bad guy what she was and was not a good instructor to teach these guys but if you find in the end of the original series when that kid gives Daniel the trophy his moral ethics he had built inside of him I think he understood and was proved to him the importance of having some type of morals I agree with the Chinese philosophy though that you have to learn to heal first before you can learn to hurt someone in self-defense I think a person has to understand the levels of force in being able to decide how to handle a self-defense situation whether just to control it or to simply destroy the opponent that is trying to take them out much of the integrity of the martial arts has been lost today by the simple fact of people trying to sit there and say well this person is more than this person or or their ideals are the only ones that are correct I think we need the traditional arts today still preach and practice some of these ethics and morals and stick to them pretty regularly because they understand true community now there are some out there just doing it for the money they could care less but martial arts is for the community and it’s prosperity as well as keeping family and people say I think this generation in somewhat does not understand courtesy respect loyalty generosity and a dedication to really training in the martial arts because they want the simple quick fast thing they do not understand the rewards of training properly and with a focus in a discipline I think training with the martial arts without ethics or moral principles or into philosophies of the martial arts is a waste of time and energy without them you cannot really be called a martial artist just a fighter character building is the most important thing of any martial arts that a person can do and if it builds up your ego that’s bad if it builds up your self-confidence that’s the thing you’re shooting for that makes you feel good about who you are and what you’re doing that’s good if it helps you to remain healthy throughout your life that’s even better there must be some sort of built-in civility for any type of training fighting system to help build the community of mankind I know this is not a normal way of presenting material today but I want you to understand how important morals and ethics are to me and if you’re a teacher or training someone in a martial arts style maybe take the moment to examine your ethics and morals that you are teaching to your students or those who are training with you I’ll be up for self defense or sport these athletes and students are the future of our world we would be remiss and not letting them understand the civility and nature of being a community I hope you like this video and if you have press like down there and share it with your friends so we can make she Shihan’s Dojo grow and if you have any questions observations or want to answer the question put it down there in the comments so we can have a discussion started and we hope to see you again here on Shihan’s Dojo

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  1. This week we are covering the ideals of ethics, morals and community. The martial arts have always been considered not only a skill in being able to fight but a way to understand how to live in the community and the protection of more than ones self. I hope that you enjoy and consider the information that is being presented. Would love to hear about the question of the day, "Are Ethics and morals still being taught (properly) today in the martial arts. Leave a comment about it.

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