Martial Arts Balance
Written by Coach Daniel Hasbrouck; Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
Deciding to begin a path of martial arts training is a wonderful endeavor, however it is long and arduous.
If decided to do so, the individual should definitely begin slowly to introduce this new endeavor to all aspects of life.
The “balance” needs to be researched and adhered to. The individual should realize that this new endeavor can be selfish. Thus making others from their lives frustrated, confused, and possibly angry.
The continuation of training also needs to be implemented in correct manner to one’s life. This would elevate undue stress from relationships within their lives. I would like to share my opinion of the balance one has to have when training in the Martial Arts.
Lessons in life
When I was first promoted to Corporal in the Marine Corps, I had an officer who advised me that a Marine Noncommissioned officer has to be professional juggler, I looked at him rather strangely wondering where he was going with his analogy. The NCO has to be able to identify which item of juggle that needs to have more hands on; so to speak.
One has to decide which item should be in the air more and which need to be handled more closely. This stuck with me throughout my career. Whenever I felt overwhelmed I looked back upon that advice, cleared my mind and went forward with deciding which item I needed to focus on.
I say this to give an idea of how one might be able to balance one aspect of their lives. But as a professional in today’s society we have to be able to “balance” our lives in all aspects. One has to give so much time to family, their profession, physical fitness, etc… This person needs to do this with not only with what they are getting what they need from their life but as well as all other relationships within their lives.
Martial Arts Balance
Now, how does the idea of balance relate to Martial Arts. Martial Arts brings balance to one’s life, if one accepts the entirety of the Martial Arts, which allows a practitioner to break from normal daily life and focus on one particular situation. Thus in turn gives the practitioner the ability of focus. This ability can then be transferred into daily life. The ability of focus is by far the most important part of Martial Arts training. The evolution of your focus training should be composure. Composure is the ability of focus while the under “stress.” The “stress” can be anything in one’s life; work, health, family, relationships, etc…
Other benefits of training are longevity of life through stress relief and fitness. Patience is an attribute the can be derived from martial arts training. My personal benefit is stress relief; if Im not able to train in a number of days I become agitated and impatient towards people I love and care about. I know its hard to believe, but it does happen.