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An Explanation To Fighting And Martial Arts

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Nelson Mandela is a fan of boxing, and in his autobiography in “Long Walks of Freedom”, he wrote

“I did not enjoy the violence of boxing so much as the science of it. I was intrigued by how one moved one’s body to protect oneself, how one used a strategy both to attack and retreat, how one paced oneself over a match.

Boxing is egalitarian. In the ring, rank, age, colour, and wealth are irrelevant… I never did any real fighting after I entered politics. My main interest was in training; I found the rigorous exercise to be an excellent outlet for tension and stress. After a strenuous workout, I felt both mentally and physically lighter. It was a way of losing myself in something that was not the struggle. After an evening’s workout I would wake up the next morning feeling strong and refreshed, ready to take up the fight again.”

It’s a way of escapism, viewing and practicing combat arts. Martial artists don’t tend to enjoy violence just for violence. Those who dedicate to the art knows the fears, commitment, science, and all the complex emotions and variables that are attached with combat. It can be about humility, overcoming that fear, living in the moment, controlling the aggression, connecting with a community, and achieving excellence. Certainly, these elements are key ingredients to someone finding more peace and calm. Read an excellent reply and explanation to Fighting My Way Blog Author’s wife.