This train of thought began with me when I watched a video by James Yeager (we have no association) about the "gun community..."
I laughed a bit when I first saw this because much of the same arguments heard from Yeager's friend is much the same "problems" claimed about me and my "dangerous" training methods. Things like sparring full contact in the dojo, sparring multiple opponents, using "war games" to practice infiltration and stealth and of course the combat survival course I use for testing for black belt. In which case
Yeager's video has prompted several other videos about the gun community Vs gun culture, NeverEnuffAmmo from YouTube has a great take on the "gun community" and "gun culture."
- Strive for perfection of character
- Be faithful
- Endeavor (demonstrate Hard Work)
- Be Respectful of Others
- Avoid Violence
- Be Humble & Polite
- Train Considering you Physical Strength
- Practice Earnestly with Creativity
- Be Calm & Swift
- Take Care o Your Health
- Live a Plain Life
- Do Not be Too Proud or Too Modest
- Continue Your Training with Patience
- Strive for Good Moral Character
- Keep an Honest & Sincere Way
- Cultivate Perseverance
- Develop a Respectful Attitude
- Restrain Physical Aggression through Spiritual Attainment
- Loyalty to Duty
- Selfless Service
- Personal Courage
- Show Courtesy, Respect & Honesty toward others
- Develop Confidence through Knowledge, Honesty & Strength
- Never use Violence for Personal Gain
- Seek Perfection of Character
Webster's defines Culture as; The act of, or any labor or means employed for, training, disciplining, or refining the moral and intellectual nature of man; as, the culture of the mind.
In our specific context this means The act of training, disciplining, or refining the moral and intellectual nature of man.
Webster's defines Community as; A body of people having common rights, privileges, or interests, or living in the same place under the same laws and regulations; as, a community of monks. Hence a number of animals living in a common home or with some apparent association of interests.
In our specific context this means A body of people having common interests, or with some apparent association of interests. We can't say they live in the same place but are connected due to their online activity.
Ultimately, the individual must decide what is for them the culture (values) or the community (association). They don't have to be mutually exclusive but one must be dominant. What dominates your approach to martial arts, having a community to discuss the martial arts and feed your self-gratification or having a culture of values and self-improvement to make you a better person which is far less glorifying. The martial arts community tries to decide what martial arts culture should be with talk and discussion however, martial arts culture is found in training & defines is culture by doing.
So are you apart of martial arts culture or the martial arts community?