Renja Ryu

The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

The martial arts have been founded on the concept from the time it became an art and not just combat that the practice of fighting skills can make you a better person.  This might be an oversimplification of the idea but it captures the essence of what I am talking about.

There are many stories surrounding the beginnings of the martial arts but probably the most widely used is the story of buddhabhadra.  Bhodi, we will call him for short, came from India to China on a missions trip of that age to spread the teachings of Buddhism.  He came across a spiritual temple that  always seemed to be getting robbed.  The people would come and pray at the temple and leave offerings for the gods.  These were valuable at the time and the lowlifes of the times would just come and push over the weaker monks…

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