How were you introduced to martial arts and what is your background/experience with martial arts? (include styles)
I was introduced to the martial arts when I was a little kid and watched the Karate Kid movie. I think that was my first real influence into the world of martial arts that wasn't purely action based. Since then I have studied many styles Seishin Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Hung Gar, BJJ, Judo, Kickboxing, Aikido, The Sanjuriu samurai system which includes Jujutsu, Akijutsu, Karate, and Kenjutsu, Krav Maga, Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Shudokan, and currently studying Filipino arts Kombatan.
Why do you practice martial arts?
I practice for the same reason some people lift weights, ride a bike, rock climb, run, play video games, make music, or do whatever it is they do. I love it, it's the one thing I knew I loved before I even knew what love is.
What do you feel is the importance of martial arts training?
Martial Arts can help with confidence, conquering fear, Self Defence, finding peace, or even fitness. It helps you physically, mentally, and spiritually. Especially the spiritual aspect, many martial arts out their may not be as effective in true combat as others, but I don't believe that makes them any less significant. To punch somebody, Kick them, throw them down, choke them, are all primitive in today's world. As a former soldier from an army combat unit I know. I believe their is a wisdom in martial arts, and that's where the true value of training is.
How has being a martial artist influenced your daily life?
I have found myself at home in the martial arts, It's an outlet and way of life for me. I practice everyday, even the day's I don't go to the school. Because of my training I am a stronger person in all respects. As my former Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan instructor Steve Decker used to say, "You can lose your job, your house, even your wife, but you'll always be a black belt, no one on earth can take the knowledge of your training from you." That is how I look at my training day in and day out. It's the one thing that is for you and you alone.
What advice or guidance do you have for other martial artists?
My advice would be to make your art your own, know what works for you and what doesn't. Some people may want to only learn the most effective techniques to help them in a fight, some may want more of a spiritual experience, and some may want both. Know why it is you want to train before you start. Let the instructors you talk with know the reasons before you start, most will either teach you primarily in what you want to know or send you to some one who will.
Many thanks to Mr. Hahn. Best of luck on your journeys. Amituofo