One of the very first things you ever learn in life is how to share. From the moment we first learn about possessions and ownership as a toddler, we are taught that the polite and ethical thing to do is to share those things. This holds true throughout your entire life and it is true for both material possessions and knowledge alike. I feel like the most beautiful things in life are the things that we should be sharing the most. Martial arts are beautiful. Share them.
Get started and find the beauty.
If you are reading this and you haven’t got into martial arts yet, I would suggest you do so. You can find a lot of things out about yourself through martial arts. With the right attitude and perspective, you can really see the beauty. If you are already a martial artist, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
The feeling is mutual across the board.
I haven’t met many people who are currently doing Jiu Jitsu or any other form of martial art that don’t love it. This is true for students and instructors. It really is something that you need to experience for yourself to understand. I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as my chosen art for over 13 years. Before that I had practiced other forms since the age of 13. In all those years, I have noticed one thing for sure. No matter the capacity in which you learn or train, you always feel the need to let others know exactly what they are missing.
If you share it, they will come.
I personally have a long history of trying to share martial arts with the people I know and meet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always turn out as I expect. What do I expect exactly? Well, what I always imagine is that I will tell my close friend, who I am positive will absolutely fall head over heels in love with BJJ just as I did 13 years ago. Nope, this almost never goes this way. More often than not, I get a quick shrug and a blatant “nah, not interested”.
But, every once and again, I get someone hooked. Most recently I found my sharing rewarded with the most unlikely candidate in my life. My wife. Knowing my wife as well as I’d like to think I know her, I never in a million years would think that she would even like Jiu Jitsu, let alone love it. Well, guess what? She is now training with me here at my academy about three or four times a week! This makes me extremely happy. It makes me so happy because she has found the same beauty in martial arts that I found so many years ago at the age of 13. She found this beauty because of my tendency to share. I rock! Hahaha!
Beat the odds and let it out. Share away and be awesome!
Of all those times that I have shared with no success, those few times that I have actually persuaded someone have all been worth it. This will most likely hold true for you as well. Remember, the percentage of people who actually train and practice martial arts is low relative to the general population. The thing about that fact is, the people who actually train and practice martial arts are the most awesome, cool, and amazing people around! They know the beauty of martial arts and you can only martialhope that they might try to share it with you.