Martial arts competition
On the surface, there is nothing wrong with a bit of healthy martial arts competition. I competed in many martial arts competitions. I was always using them to confront my own limitations and to seek out personal growth. The problem is, that for many martial arts, competing is their primary purpose. This leads the general public who really do not know the difference, to believe that martial arts in just another form of sport. There is a winner, a loser and the ancient tradition has evolved into nothing more than a game.
Unfortunately, this is the reality of modern martial arts. With the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japanese Karate is striving to become an Olympic sport and take its place beside Judo and Taekwondo that have lost their identity in the rush to get famous.
We are constantly bombarded in a competitive society to get ahead, pass the exam, be someone, be something. Martial arts needs to be a safe haven where there is no competition. It needs to be a place where everyone is recognized for their uniqueness and encouraged accordingly, especially children.
Behind the desire to win is the egos insatiable appetite for recognition. In martial arts, the various associations are blinded by the glory of their students. Their studios are stuffed with medals and plastic trophies, like shrines built to honor great warriors. This is not their fault, they have never been taught any other way.
Northstar Ju jitsu is a martial art that retains the tradition and also develops body, mind and spirit, the 3 cornerstones of development. The body is strengthened through physical exercise. The mind is empowered by gaining new levels of confidence and self-esteem and the spirit is energized by the willingness to overcome hardship and learn to face our fears.