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Rule # 1: Martial Arts is for defense only.

Rule # 2: First learn rule number 1.

To clarify the meaning of the
term "martial arts",
Webster's defines the word martial
as "warfare" or "warrior",
and arts as "a skill acquired by study".

Fighting and self-defense are
not the same thing.

Fighting someone because of
greed, jealousy or the desire to
harm another person is wrong.

To defend means “to keep safe from
danger, attack, or harm.”
The sole purpose of self-defense
is to protect your life or the life of
someone in your family or an
innocent person who is in danger
from attack or harm.

A martial artist should always
strive to be focused on their
Making this a priority represents
practical self-defense.

Taking note of your surroundings
and actively avoiding dangerous
situations every day will help
to keep you out of trouble
and at peace.

Being vigilant should be a priority
for all martial artists seeking to
defend themselves and their
loved ones.

'Watch, stand fast in the
faith, be brave, be strong.'
1 Corinthians 16:13

Some people say that it is unchristian
to practice any martial arts because
of the roots in eastern mysticism.

As long as a Christian divorces the
religious aspects (eastern mysticism)
from the martial arts, he or she
may practice them.

There are 2 types of Martial Arts:

The Inner Martial Art:

The "inner" martial art, which
focuses on inner spiritual
development, balance, form, and
mental awareness.
Students are taught Taoist and
Buddhist philosophical principles
such as the “chi” force.

"Chi" is believed to be the life
energy that flows throughout the
universe and pulses through the
human body.

Through breath control, these
martial artists seek to collect
and store the chi force which is
located in the body.
Some believe they can use the
chi force to strike their opponents
from a distance.

Tai Chi involves the practice
of Taoism.
In order to achieve physical
well being, the Tai Chi
student must be attuned to the
universe by concentrating below
the navel section of the body,
which is said to be the body’s
psychic center.
Tai Chi can't be rec­onciled
with Christianity.

The Chinese Tai-chi and the
Japanese Aikido are examples of
inner martial arts.

Aikido means ‘the way to
union with the universal force.”
This impersonal force is known
as “chi.”
The goal of Aikido is to control
both self and environment.
It is unal­terably steeped in
Eastern mysticism.

Ninjitsu is not generally
com­patible with Christians.
The Ninjas try to assimilate
themselves with nature in order
to be more stealthy.
The worldview behind Ninjitsu is
pantheism (all is God), which
con­tradicts the Christian view that
God is not the universe but is the
Creator of the universe.
Genesis 1:1-2

Christians should avoid the
"inner" martial arts because of the
teachings of eastern religions such
as the Buddhist philosophical
principles and meditation.

The Physical Martial Art:

The physical martial arts uses
breath control like the inner arts,
but the main focus is on developing
strength and quickness through
the use of body motions.

The physical martial arts include:
Karate, Kendo, Judo,
Ju-jitsu, and certain forms
of Chinese Kung Fu, and
Shao Lin boxing.
The Japanese martial arts come
from the Chinese Kung Fu.
The Korean martial arts include:
Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do.

Karate involves meditation,
which usually includes the
emptying of one’s mind from
all outer distractions.
Karate is primarily a physical
martial art, the meditation
aspect can be divorced from it.

Kung Fu is very diverse.
There are different styles
of Kung Fu.
The more tra­ditional forms
stick close to their Buddhist
philosophical roots, while the
less traditional forms concentrate
more on the physical aspects.

Judo and Jujitsu: Judo involves many
grabbing and throwing techniques.
Jujitsu con­centrates on the human
joint locks and con­cerns itself
with striking and maneuvering
Both of these forms have a
very low spiritual emphasis.

Tae Kwon Do is a physi­cal form
of the martial arts.
It is one of the most compatible
forms of Eastern self-defense
with Christians.

Bowing in the
Martial Arts:

Bowing in any martial arts class
is not the same as kneeling in

When a person bows to another
person they are simply displaying

In the Dojang, or the martial
arts gym, people will bow
to a flag or even a photograph
of the founder of the art.
Again, this is not worship,
merely displaying respect.
Sometimes people will even
bow to a dojang room, as if to
show respect to the space

Bowing is just a sign of respect.
Just like military service members
hand salute the U.S. flag and
their higher ranks.

Bowing to the flags as you enter
the mats to train is respect to
the flags,
it's no different then standing
and putting your hand over your
heart during the
National Anthem to
show respect for our flag and
our military.

A Christian view on
Meditation in the
Martial Arts:

When a martial artist has reached
a certain level they are usually
encouraged to push the limits of
their human potential.

To reach the full potential as
a martial artist, you begin by
training your mind.

One way to accomplish this task
is through sitting meditation.
Through meditation your awareness,
calm, and focus will increase.

Without awareness, you will not
be able to fight in a battle without
getting hit or even killed.
Without focus, you will not be able
to catch the right opportunity to
strike or defend, which could
be disastrous.
Without calmness, you will not be
able to focus or relax.
If you tense up out of fear,
you will burn out quickly.

Unlike eastern meditation, which
advocates emptying the mind,
  Biblical meditation calls on us to
fill our mind with God and his truth.

The only way is to meditate that is
pleasing to the Lord is with the
Bible, that is meditate with His
word and on His word in your
mind and heart.

'Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and
my Redeemer.'
Psalm 19:14

'May my meditation be sweet to
Him; I will be glad in the Lord.'

Psalm 104:34

What should we focus on in
Christian meditation?

'Finally, brethren, whatever
things are true, whatever things
are noble, whatever things are
just, whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is
anything praiseworthy,
meditate on these things.'
Philippians 4:8

To meditate on the word of God,
start by choosing a topic or
specific verse to focus on.
Next, find a quiet place where you
can sit comfortably and clear
your mind, then read your chosen
verse several times.

You can also meditate on the
physical techniques that you
have learned.

Using your imagination to train
physical skills does not violate
biblical principles.
So a Christian martial artist
can use meditation time to
rehearse what you were

Remember, use meditation to focus
your mind and attention in a positive
and productive way that is
pleasing to God.

In Joshua 1:8, God says to
meditate on His word day and
night so we will obey it.

The difference between Karate
and Tae Kwon Do is:

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial
art which literally means
"The art of foot and hand fighting."

Tae Kwon Do tends to favor fast kicking,
Tae Kwon Do training is well rounded and
involves learning blocks, punches,
open-handed strikes, take downs,
throws, etc.
While karate is known for hand
karate means "empty hand".
Karate frequently includes knee
and elbow strikes, and does
use kicking techniques to a
certain extent.

Tenets of Tae Kwon Do:

1. Courtesy - Showing politeness
toward others.

2. - Integrity - Being honest and having
strong moral principles.

3. Perseverance - Determination in
doing something despite

4. Self-Control - Ability to control
emotions in difficult

5. Indomitable Spirit - Inner strength,
not be discouraged.

Student Creed -

I will develop myself in a positive
manner and I will avoid anything that
would reduce my mental health or
my physical health.

I will develop self - discipline in order
to bring out the best in myself and

I will use what I learn in class
constructively and defensively;
to help myself and my fellow
man and never to be abusive
or offensive.