Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I still have to learn how to express myself with the martial arts

One thing I have heard often, specially with musicians, is that they are supposed to convey a message, a singer uses words and melodies to convey a message, maybe a guitar player, would use phrasing to express himself.

Painters might be able to convey messages with images and drawings.

But I think, that for martial artists, the expression has to come entirely from within, a singer uses the voice and even though it produces inside the body, the sound of it, extends away from the body, the guitar is also external to the body of the person, and the same with the paintings, it would seem that for martial artist, we can only use our bodies, or extensions of the body (weapons), to express ourselves and send a message.

I'm not sure if I fully understand, I'm guessing in order to be able to send a message with our bodies, a certain level of skill needs to be reached.


  1. I think you are right. It is true even for musicians and other artists.

  2. I think the same way too about martial artists using their bodies to express. Martial artist do speak in a way that is expressing oneself which is showing intelligence or wisdom. Like you see in Bruce lee's movies how he speaks and teach, and Freddie's videos how he speaks explicitly and teach. Writing is another way that some martial artist express themselves as you see books written by martial artist and also like how we are expressing our perspectives in this blog. So it's not only the physical that can be expressed, but it is the mental and the spiritual as well. Like you also see some people (or martial artist) looking healthy -physically, mental and spiritually.What I mean by that is they are taking care of themselves(hygiene) and making themselves look attractive to the opposite sex, which is also a sexual expression. Basically marital arts to me is the way of life.

    I don't want to say too much but that's all I have to say for now.

    1. I see a lot of truth in what you stated, through communication it will encourage us to express the truth that we already know within.

  3. Lxeon K's response is pretty much right on the dot in my opinion. Training your body to be highly athletic and capable will give you the ultimate form of physical expression in the Martial Arts, it's like expanding the colors you can work with as a Painter, or increasing your vocabulary as a writer. But until a Painter, you can't just buy colors to paint with, a Martial Artist has to train extremely hard to get his body to the point of ultimate physical expression. And because the expression is combative, many times people express themselves in violent and destructive ways, which is damaging to the self and society. It is important for the Martial Artist to express himself in creative and healthy ways in order to truly be considered an Artist.

  4. I agree with all the statements, it's tru that martial artist has other ways of expression that I had overlooked.

    And also what Sifu said, about training your body.


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