Martial Arts serves many purposes. I often ask newcomers why they want to start, and we can categorize the answers. Many for self defense, others for health reasons, and so on.
If you were to ask me when I first started, it was purely for fun. I watched Bloodsport and as a preteen boy got tunnel vision on what I wanted to do with my life.
As time moved on, the reasons expanded and changed.
Even though I received a black belt, competed here and there, my martial arts career is still in its infancy. Teaching and spreading the art, evolving and learning technique and growing as a person is a lifelong task, a lifelong reason to live the martial way.
Soon, we have an exciting fight coming up. These two gentleman are real martial artists, but don't get lured into the fun they are having pre-fight.
Appreciate their skill, appreciate their preparation, their ambition and their guts.
Appreciate their lifelong work for their craft.
My dream is for fights to be sold more for the skill of the body than the skill of the mouth, until then, we have to patiently wait.