What motivates me to keep practicing and studying martial arts, in my case, Modern Arnis?
On one level, the self defence aspect is an important element. Through Modern Arnis, I’ve learned empty hands, joint locks, stick work, knife work, and have been introduced to basic firearms training. I believe in being prepared for anything that might happen. However, if you have good lifestyle choices (not hanging out at crack houses, biker bars, and the like) and possess good situational and environmental awareness, the chances of being in a violent situation is pretty low.
Why then do I keep practicing? On a deeper level, it’s about being better than you were yesterday. I love exploring the possibilities in Modern Arnis and striving to be better than I was yesterday, even if it’s just a 1% improvement. I derive more satisfaction not from doing techniques or forms well but rather working on my weaknesses and overcoming the obstacles to correcting those weaknesses. Working on the mindset to overcome martial obstacles translates to ordinary every day life as well. Expanding my horizons, exploring new possibilities and improving my skill set are far more important to me than rank or belts. That is my motivation to keep practicing martial arts!
Other martial arts bloggers are sharing their thoughts on this issue as well today. Check out their musings:
(1) Katy Garden: https://maenosen.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/love-of-martial-arts/
(2) Jackie Bradbury: http://thestickchick23.blogspot.com/2015/02/why-do-i-keep-training.html
(3) Joelle White: http://abeginnersjourney.bloggersonline.com/?p=423