So shortly before the beginning of the year I joined the fitness website Fitocracy and absolutely love the community and fellowship. Before the first of the year I decided it was time to set up an open fitness challenge for any takers. The challenge is to spend 2014 minutes in Horse Stance during 2014! You …Continue reading "2014 Horse Stance & Push Up Challenges are UNDERWAY!!"
What about Chi & Ki (the force)? Chi (or ki) is the most esoteric areas of the Asian martial arts. For decades the Chinese have been spending mega bucks on “chi research” using everything from E.K.G.’s to M.R.I.’s. They have been using the extremes like severing the spinal columns of piglets, (1) and then using …Continue reading "Christianity and the Martial Arts, pt 8"
But Didn’t Buddha, Confucius and Jesus teach the same things? Haven’t we all heard this before? It is an amazing fact that people who don’t know, pretend to be wise by saying things like “aren’t they the same!” “There’s really no difference is there?” or “Jesus’ teachings weren’t revolutionary Confucius and Buddha said the same …Continue reading "Christianity and the Martial Arts, pt7"
What about bowing at my instructors alter? Or the Pictures at the front of our school? This issue has brought up the ire of more than one instructor. In an effort to create a traditional environment many schools have set up their own little alters. When students come in to begin class they are asked …Continue reading "Christianity and the Martial Arts, pt 6"
Aren’t Christians supposed to be pacifists? There are many misconceptions of Christians that abound in our day. • They are cowards (1) and wimps. • They are hypocrites. (2) • They are detached from the real world. (3) • They are militaristic right wing loonies. (4) • They are pacifistic pushovers. (5) I won’t …Continue reading "Christianity and the Martial Arts, pt 5"
Surely you won’t teach it? Over the years this has been THE one must discussed areas of my walk with Christ. How can I be a follower of Christ Jesus and teach people the martial arts? My response: “With great joy” One of the major themes of the teaching of our Lord was how we …Continue reading "Christianity and the Martial Arts, pt 4"
Aren’t learning how to kill? The martial arts whether Chinese, Okinawan, Japanese or any other, are the practice of combat. Martial = “military” or “warring“. “Basics” The usual reason people have for studying kung fu, karate and the like is to learn to defend themselves. When you start any martial arts you have to start …Continue reading "Christianity and the Martial Arts, pt 3"
Aren’t the martial arts an Eastern religion? Is the practice of Karate, Kung Fu, judo or the like a religion? This is a question that causes a lot of distress. For parents and children wanting to study the Martial Arts. And for those who are already studying the martial arts. As we look at the …Continue reading "Christianity and the Martial Arts, pt2"
Aren’t the martial arts in Eastern Religion? How can you practice something so violent and really be a Christian? Aren’t the teachings of the Jesus and Buddha the same? Have you heard these questions before? I have found that most martial artists who profess a relationship with Jesus had encountered these types of questions …Continue reading "Christianity and the Martial Arts, pt1"