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Martial Matters, Issue #022 -- Forgotten Secrets!
July 16, 2005
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Martial Arts Article: From the fighting Father!Firstly, I'm still waiting for some feedback from all you people who got one of our freebie's! Did you enjoy it? What did you get out of it? What did you learn? Could it be improved? Has your opinion changed on the price you thought it should be?
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And Now - An excerpt from an excellent book..... This really stirs the soul!
that shows us how to keep our teenagers
out of trouble by teaching them to fight!
Four of the boys at training
tonight are preparing themselves for their first fight at our forthcoming
Christians vs. Lions promotion, scheduled for only three weeks hence. All
of these lads are boxers.
Three of those four – Joel, Daniel and young Dave – are friends,
finishing their last year of school together. They are a great example of
how guys from different ethnic backgrounds (Australian, Latin American,
and Lebanese respectively) can still be the best of mates. The fourth guy,
Louis, is an enormous Islander man. I’m not sure whether he’s Tongan or
from the Cook Islands, but he’s a gentle giant really. He reminds me of
Mahendar – a regular here at the Youth Centre. They’re both big, black and
burly, but with gentle hearts. Louis has a few years on the other boys who
were there tonight. He’s a natural in the ring, and plays the role of the
older brother very well indeed.
These four boys are the cream of our crop in the fight club at the
moment. They are all capable pugilists, but more than that, they are each
a good embodiment of what our club is on about – courage, integrity,
self-discipline and teamwork. This isn’t to say that none of them have
ever been troublemakers. Indeed, I’ve got a court appearance coming up
with one of the boys, scheduled for shortly after his fight, and he’s on
quite serious charges. Even so, I’ve seen nothing but positive growth
since he joined the club, and I’m hoping for positive results both in his
fight and in his court case.
What is it that makes fight training such a powerful tool in the
molding of young lives? There was a time when I thought of fighting as
just another form of sport. I have come to believe though that fight
training taps into something deep in the male psyche, in a way that no
other sport does.
When I used to talk to my old girls in the church about the problems we
had with our young people, they often used to say ‘what we need is
another war’. I always thought that that was a terrible thing to say –
that a war was the last thing that anybody wanted. And of course the girls
didn’t really want a war. They had just experienced the benefit of being
part of a community that had learnt to pull together through difficult
times. And they had seen the positive effect that soldiering could have on
the lives of young men.
I believe that men were made to fight. It’s part of our genetic makeup.
We may have managed to emerge from the jungle, but there’s still a bit of
the jungle in each of us, and pugilistic activity keys right in to those
ancient impulses – releasing the wild man within.
This theory isn’t original to me of course. It’s part of the fabric of
the Bible – there behind every great warrior-king who showed himself to be
a ‘mighty man of God’ in battle, and behind Jacob, who went toe to
toe with God Himself and yet lived to talk about it (Genesis 32)! These
were men who knew how to fight and pray and bleed and serve.
For a more philosophical exposition on the significance of fighting, we
need look no further than Plato’s Republic.
For those who haven’t read it, in the Republic Socrates explores the
concept of justice through examining both the just society and the just
individual, and then he goes on to delineate their common elements. On the
societal level he notes that a just community is made up of a number of
vital components parts: rulers who govern, workers who labour, and an army
that functions to protect them both. In the individual he finds a similar
configuration – the mind that governs the body, the limbs that do the
work, and the ‘themos’ (which is often translated as
‘temper’ or ‘aggression’) that plays a parallel role in
protecting the individual. Justice in the Republic consists in having all
of the component parts (in either individual or society) being present and
working together properly.
In the wisdom of the ancient Greeks then, the ‘themos’ is the
vital third component in the human constitution, along with the mind and
the body. Without the ‘themos’, no individual is complete, and at a
social level, no society will ever achieve a true state of justice.
It is my opinion that one of the negative legacies of feminism in
Western culture has been an attempt to deny the ‘themos’, which
seems to be more strongly present in men than in women. This has been for
the most understandable of reasons – because of the excesses of male
violence. But perhaps it’s time that we realised that trying to eliminate
‘themos’ from society altogether is like trying to eliminate
spiders and snakes because we find them distasteful. We soon discover that
the created order needs all of its creatures – even those that some of us
find ugly – if it is to function properly.
My experience with a vast number of men is that they tend to be either
functioning as doormats to their wives and girlfriends, or they’re beating
up on them. This is a reflection of the same crisis in dealing with the
‘themos’. When we attempt to repress the themos’, it often spurts
out in the most horrible and destructive of forms. When we successfully
repress it, we emasculate our men, so that they’re no longer able to stand
up for anything. Ironically, of course, such modern day men are not only
unable to offer any strength to society. They’re no longer even attractive
to the women they sought to please.
The only constructive alternative is for us to reharness the
‘themos’ and channel it creatively. We need to get in touch with that
distinctive male energy – recognise it, affirm it, and then learn to bring
it under control so that it can be put to good use. Perhaps when we are
able to do this, then we will see this country produce leaders of the
calibre of Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, or Mahatma Ghandi –
strong people of principle who stand up powerfully for what they believe
in. As it is, our leaders always seem to come across as being either
‘wooses’ or criminals or both. God knows we need some real men in
this country who know what it means to love their women, to be fathers to
their children, and to serve God and their community with their
Fight training, I do believe, is a means to getting at that
‘themos’ and learning to bring it under control. When done in the
right way, fight training can help a young person to discover who they are
and can help them to bring their futures into focus. They can then come to
see their role as warriors in this society who will stand up and use their
energy to build a better community and to fight for things worth fighting
What about these boys who I watched training with me tonight? Will they
go on to become ‘mighty men of God'? I don’t know. But they’re on
the right track, and they’re further ahead now than when they first
started their training..
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Sex, the Ring & the Eucharist
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Martial Arts Articles SiteAlso slightly off topic but may be of interest to some of you, here are links to my other websites. Even if you don't have an interest, you may know someone who does.
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Be Prosperous and have a good weekend,
Paul Swift. www.make-your-martial-art-grow.com
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