Karate in literature

Check out this interesting post we found on WordPress.com about martial arts, how it is portrayed in literature, and the focus on harmony and self-control by Margot Kinberg.

Despite what’s portrayed in many action films, martial arts involve a lot more than just smacking and kicking someone. In fact, the whole point of skill at martial arts is careful self-control (rather than simply lunging at someone) and mind/body connection. Because of that, traditional martial arts are holistic; they involve meditation, breath control, and […]

via Learned Karate and Kung Fu* — Confessions of a Mystery Novelist…

Particularly interesting is a quote from a character from the works of Zoë Sharp’s novels.

‘I view self-defence like wearing an expensive watch. You don’t keep flashing it about trying to impress people. Instead, you keep it up your sleeve, but in the back of your mind you have the confidence of knowing you have the exact time whenever you need it.’

This is key and what we try to teach the students. You are not well-served by going around bragging about your karate knowledge. This is a surefire way to invite conflict that need not occur. You also give up a strategic advantage by doing this. As Kinberg concludes, the whole point of traditional martial arts is to not have to use them.

Give the rest of the post a full read – you won’t regret it!

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