Recently I was asked by a senior recruiter “How does martial arts help me with business?”. The interesting thing is that this has come up many times before with friends and even my last boss.
My last boss has asked me how I manage to cope with all the stress and multitude of personalities and arguments that I have to deal with. We had a lot of “A type” personalities and many meetings got very heated with arguments and shouting!
My response was very simple – my martial arts training. For these instances my training helped me put things in perspective – deadlines, people screaming – it’s not the end of the world, nobody is dying. I told him, if somebody was coming at me with a knife then I would worry, but words are just words.
I think martial arts also makes you a calmer more confident person. You are not trying to impress anybody, have nothing to prove, you have an inner confidence. I see this trait in many of my friends who train in martial arts. Of course this is not always the case but in my experience, for people who understand and appreciate the spiritual side it is.
There is so much philosophy associated with martial arts and it is not just for self defense, it is also a state of mind (although self defense is an important part). In more than one instance I believe it is a life skill and can add so much to somebody’s personality and beliefs. Confidence in oneself can benefit everybody in all aspects of life, no matter what age they are.
As Bruce said:
“Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality”