By Dan Mitchell
“The art is the thing we do, the discipline is what happens to us…”
Working in gyms is a mixed bag. Like any service oriented business, it can be tricky to balance all of the moving parts.
I think the complexity of the fitness industry is one of the reasons why I gravitate to the purity of martial arts training for meeting health needs. It’s clean, in the sense that it’s raw and ugly; you can’t dress up real martial discipline. There’s a saying that, “everything comes out on the mat,” meaning that the cold truth of potential violence is always bigger than my effort to get someone to cosign my ego.
A huge bonus of martial arts training is that the positive physical, mental and emotional effects of the discipline are unparalleled in the contemporary fitness industry.
Understand that martial discipline is not always the same thing as martial art. The art is the thing we do, the discipline is what happens to us as a result of committed participation in the art. In some unfortunate instances, martial art gets reduced to a benign parade of etiquette revolving around some assumed “master”, and nothing more.
There must of course be reasonable expectations of conduct and proper open discourse for safety in training, but in the hands of skilled practitioners the required civility is simply the way into the brilliant personal alchemy that can be achieved with martial discipline.
The trainers employed at KC’s Fitness are excellent personal trainers, and also a lot more than that. We are each skilled and competent guides into the realm of martial discipline.
So here’s the hook, “find out for yourself!” Isn’t that the big sales line, “don’t trust me, find out for yourself…” Well, never trust a guy who says “trust me”, or, “don’t trust me”, for that matter. If I were selling couches or maybe shoes, then take it or leave it.
But what if this topic being introduced can change the quality of your life, save your life or save the life of someone you love? That is the potential of this training and it is worth knowing that.
The depth of this training process betrays any effort to dress it up. If it’s grabbing you, as it has for me, then take the next step. Come in and start your own journey…it’s worth the ride.