Many things have been discussed about the martial arts. But what are martial arts, at what it does really aim. We would like to make this into the theme as a generalization.
Naturally enough, martial arts are not mere murder's technology. It is mere violence that kills an enemy indiscriminately and it is not martial arts. It is power what can stops an unnecessary war, and what can produces peace more positively, and what can corrected a enemy's fault. It is capability for which those who lead others are asked, and is also qualification for leading others. In the process, an enemy may be killed unavoidably. But the power cannot be acquired easily. It becomes possible to master only after there is preparedness to say that a lifetime is spent on training, and even if it carries out, there is no guarantee that it can be mastered. Until now, many predecessors reached to an extreme of a martial art, or it has died or suffered a setback during practice. Is there so much value in the power…? Of course! Even if it is not a status to the extent that others can be led, the power is needed in order to protect load that has the qualification. The means for realizing the desire to protect someone is martial arts. It is not wrong to ask for the strength in which it never loses. But, any meaning cannot be found out only by pursuing it. No meaning is accomplished even if it has power without the purpose. Then, the acquired power is violence and is not martial arts.
On the present age, various sports combative are broadcast and many people are watching this on television. What person understands the facts? Although a violence incident (especially domestic violence) and murder case just goes on and on, isn't the heart cracked even if it uses violence on its important person? Moreover, do they understand what “killing people” is meant? The present Japanese can consider as if they had left preparedness and pride for the samurai to have had once. Although always moving forward is also important, we should look back in order not to miss an important thing. Martial arts are the help. Probably, anyone has those who want to protect at the sacrifice of their life. I want many people to get interested in strength in a true meaning taking advantage of this blog.
Although it is a childish text in awkward English, thank you for reading that all the way through.
A list of reference: 武道における身体と心(The Body and The Heart in Martial Arts) 前林清和(written by Kiyokazu Maebayashi)
武道文化の探求(The Pursuit of Martial Arts Culture) 入江康平(written by Kouhei Irie)