1. Spiritual Growth: The most critical reason for enrolling in martial arts is for spiritual growth. Spiritual growth and spiritual maturity strengthen character development, enhance behavior, and develop proper attitudes of physical fitness and self defense. All critical areas of growth are derived from the spiritual strength of our lives. The Bible teaches, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."
2. Character Development: Personal discipline, self-control, patience, confidence, courage, fortitude, etc., are the inner qualities needed to understand how to live our lives properly, in public view or in private. Ed Untalan the Sr. Head Instructor of EAAB'S Fitness & Self Defense - Untalan's Martial Arts Center and his assistants wish to reinforce what is already being taught at home, and seek to establish a pattern of godly character development in the students. Essentially, a Godly Character is consistently doing the right thing at the right time, the right way for the right reason. If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. (Proverbs 15:32 NLT)
3. Behavior: A good martial arts program can facilitate the growth of the child in critical areas of life, such as: improving attention span, respect for others, obedience to parents and other authority structures. Ed Untalan the Sr. Head Instructor of EAAB'S Fitness & Self Defense - Untalan's Martial Arts Center and his assistants work at building a proper and positive relationship with the students to better facilitate communication, a friendly but consistent environment to learn, and mutual respect. The relationship built between student and the instructor can last a lifetime and have a huge positive impact on a child's life.
4. Physical Fitness: When we are physically fit, we do feel better about ourselves. Along with other important areas of growth we must work at being healthy and physically fit.
5. Self Defense: Self-defense is an obvious reason to begin, and continue training in martial arts. Self-defense classes should include self-defense applications, conflict resolution, personal accountability and avoiding conflict.
Focus on a Healthier, Safer and Peaceful Lifestyle
1. Focus on changing one flaw or imperfection at a time
Proverbs 17:24 (NIV) 24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
2. Focus on Victory one day at a time
Matthew 6:34 (NIV) 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
3. Focus on God's Power not your will power
Philippians 4:13 (NIV) 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
4. Focus on Good Things not the Bad
Philippians 4:8 Living Bible (TLB) 8 And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.
5. Focus on doing the Doing good not Feeling good.
If you do the right thing, your feelings will eventually catch up with you.
If you wait until you feel like changing, you'll never change.
It's always easier to act your way into a feeling, than to feel your way into action.
6. Focus on the people who Help me, not Hinder me
1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV) 33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."[a]
1 Corinthians 15:33 (NCV) 33 Do not be fooled: "Bad friends will ruin good habits."
1 Corinthians 15:33 (CEV) 33 Don’t fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you.
7. Focus on Progression not Perfection.
Remember it's taken a lifetime to get where you are today. The healing and wellness process takes time.
Philippians 1:6 (NLT) 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.