Martial arts teaches disciplines and it is being in a good equilibrium mind set. One is more assertive. In time like ours where obesity is there to do violence to our body. Martial arts is a form of sport to lose weight. This issue should not be associated with spirituality. It is apart. One may practising martial art but is doing good for his/her body not necessarily to use it in the form of violating others. It builds up one's character and personality. It empowers one. one is better concentrated for your studies. It is a good sport for hyperactive children.
You did yourself if you truly believe
Here is an article I read....
It is stated by one of the founders of martial arts, Gichin Funakoshi, “The mind and technique become one in true karate.” By polishing our karate practice, he believes, we are polishing our own spirit or our own mentality. Karate is a system that can be considered a “way of life,” merging the spiritual and physical sides of our human existence. A Christian involved in martial arts should have a difficult time finding comfort in the roots of the martial arts. As seen above, they focus much attention on the physical development (which is not a bad thing), but also combine the training with Buddhist or Zen philosophy.
What does the Bible say about the mind? First of all, the heart is “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). In the Scriptures, the heart and mind are often considered to be the same thing. Since our hearts and our minds are wicked, we are not able to think clearly about our spiritual situation, and therefore unable to “polish” our own spirits as karate claims it is able to do. We are in need of a Savior to clean our hearts, and develop within us a new spirit. Titus 1:15 gives us insight into the mind of the unbeliever: “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” The philosophies contained in Buddhism, as well as most all of the religions of the world, are developed by flawed men with defiled minds. They do not offer advice suitable for Christians to follow.
The Scriptures teach us what we are to do with our minds. We are not to conform our thinking to the world’s way of thinking but “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23). The picture in Romans 12:2 is like that of a mold we use for making cakes. The batter is placed inside the cake mold, and when the baking is complete, out comes the cake in the same shape as the mold. Our minds are not to be shaped by the world’s mold. We are to set our minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2). We should train our minds in how to serve the Lord and please Him in all that we do.
While the physical side of martial arts is probably a good form of exercise, and many Christians do participate in martial arts, it may be a dangerous activity to allow the mind to become influenced by the philosophies associated with karate and all other forms of the martial arts. The false religious overtones of Buddhism are there whether they are expressed verbally or not. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to separate the philosophies from the activity, and therefore it would be wise for the Christian to use much caution before participating in this kind of activity.
Depends on who is teaching....Not a yes or no question.
Martial arts can be a great way to both keep fit and to teach your mind discipline, both very important for Christians. A lot of people here think martial arts is for beating people up. This is far from the truth. Some are, some definitely are not.
Picking up a martial art will help you understand how much damage can be caused by physical fighting and how stupid getting into those fights is to begin with. Many good martial arts schools will put emphasis on avoiding the temptation to resolve conflict through physical blows. Knowing a martial art can give one the confidence to seek better solutions.
Yes, we should rely on God that he will meet all our needs but that doesn't mean God wants us to be lazy helpless infants who just wait for him to provide for every thing. God wants us to work and to provide for our selves, though he doesn't want us to worry because if our strength fails, His will still be there to carry us. Learning how to avoid someone taking a swing at you sounds like a fairly useful life skill to have in this world.
Dear friends and fellow servants of the LORD,
There is a brand new film scheduled for release July 17th from Little Light Studios, called "The Dragon Revealed !"
In this film, many of the questions that are being asked by Christians today, about the martial arts, tai-chi and yoga, are answered. And the secrets of the masters are revealed !
Here is a link to the new Preview Trailer - https://littlelightstudios.tv/projects/the-dragon-revealed/
May the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) Bless each of us according to His Promise, as we search for the Truth in these final days, before our Lord & Sovereign King's glorious return in the clouds of heaven !
your brother in Christ Jesus,
Eric Wilson - Isaiah Ministries
If you have any questions about these practices or the upcoming film, please feel free to contact us at Isaiah Ministries or the address below ?
Eric Wilson - Isaiah Ministries