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After retiring from teaching the martial arts in 2009, due in part to ill health at the time, I began writing a series of articles on the martial arts. Not wishing to cover the same ground that many others had done many times before with regard to the history, development, origins and technical aspects of the various combat styles I thought I would try my hand at writing a beginners guide to the combat arts instead, but of course, this had also been done many times before.
It was at this point that I realised that many, if not all, books and articles that were aimed at the new beginner were based on a specific fighting style in the main and were aimed at promoting that particular way of doing things as a way of attracting new students to their school of combat. This being the case only the positive and beneficial aspects of the martial art style in question would be promoted, of course, and not the negative things that the new beginner would be unaware of at that point in time.
It was then that I made the decision to highlight not only the positive and beneficial aspects of learning the martial arts but also many of the tricks and cons that some instructors would turn to.
Although not aiming to be controversial in any way I also thought that to do the work I was undertaking any true justice it had to be open and honest and needed to be based on my own true experiences for accuracy. I also realised that to make things as fair as possible I also needed to be neutral and balanced in the way I write so that I did not harm the many martial arts clubs and individuals around the world who did teach and promote the fighting arts to a very good standard.
Having been involved in the martial arts since 1973, and had seen a fair few things in that time, I set to work to put together a series of articles that were informative for the new beginner in addition to some more technical stuff for the more advanced student and instructor. I also began adding various factual events that ranged from just plain silly to illegal.
Dave J. Lomas - Dragonwriter (UK)
Humour - that strange creature that comes along from time to time!
I have said for many years that humour is vital in all aspects of the martial arts and also in our day to day lives. It can stop a fight - and sometimes it can stop a war.
People are so serious all the time. They bang on about honour, the code of the warrior and all those things as if that is all there is to life - but this is not the case.
Humour makes people smile, it makes them feel good. It is a form of communicating in the most positive of ways. It breaks down walls - and creates better understanding.
Humour is one of my most powerful of all weapons. >>>
FIGHTER TO WRITER
A good writer will endeavour to inspire and excite the readers mind with their words and will often regard the written word as an art form in much the same way as a painter creates a picture.
In the same way a painter will look at a blank canvas and think of the endless possible outcomes of what they are doing, so this is the case when a writer looks at a blank sheet of paper.
Often a writer will find themselves bursting with ideas and words that they must put down on paper for fear that those words, and the information that is contained within those sentences, will end up being lost forever.
Sometimes a writer is someone who is unable to convey information through speech in an accurate manner so would rather take their time and plan each word, to ensure accuracy, in the form of writing. Some writers will also lead the way and write about things that are designed to create a response or some other form of feedback with the added bonus of gaining recognition for the information that they have given.
All these things are also true of a martial art teacher who will find it in their nature to put across, not only information, but also concepts and ideas in the form of physical instruction to the student in just the same way as a writer would do.
It is no surprise therefore that many teachers of the martial arts will also turn to instructional and creative writing in time.
The written word is one of the most powerful tools the human race has ever known.
A few simple words can make a person jump for joy or make a strong man cry and yet the written word is no more than ink lines on a sheet of paper. It as no emotion and it makes no sound.
So how can just a few ink shapes make people react in such a dramatic way?
One of the reasons why a simple word is so powerful is due to the readers own mind.
How many times have you read something and in your own mind you can hear the writer shouting with an angry voice? And yet the writing makes no sound, it as no emotion.
Words are subject to the readers own mind and often this creates problems when there are non.
The writer could write words of love even if they have no love in their heart or mind. The writer could write words of hate or anger even though they write such words with a soft and gentle mind. >>>
>>> The simple written word is the most powerful tool the human race has ever known.