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Martial arts: 3 myths rebuffed


Martial arts are not the same as martial sports.

Many people are not aware of it.

I was recently at the doctor’s and the assistant asked me what I do for a living.

My answer surprised her: “For real”?? I would never have guessed that”.


Certain headlines in the media, some Hollywood films or wrestling matches distort the reputation of martial arts. I don’t exactly match the tough, testosterone-fueled thug-type image she had in her mind.


Myth 1

Anyone who practices a martial art is brutal and aggressive.

How many times have I heard the sentence: “Wow, black belt, I will certainly not start an argument with you”. Those who learn to defend themselves against an opponent in their spare time, can only react to violence with violence, is what many people assume.

Far from it! Martial arts are value-based systems: there are certain rules and principles that rule out inappropriate behavior. Martial arts teach you how to avoid dangerous situations and how to resolve escalations peacefully. At a closer look, it soon becomes clear that martial arts rather emphasize treating others with respect, discipline and helpfulness; Martial arts also teach to use your own energy and resources efficiently, which leads to an increase in personal performance.

Self-confident people who are happy with themselves, do not need to prove themselves to be the stronger. They know about their strength and possibilities, know their value: therefore, they are at ease and move confidently.


Myth 2

Martial arts are only for young people.

Martial arts are not just sport. It’s not about points and about winning. The competition aspect is secondary, as the opponent in a martial art is one’s own self.

Those who practice constantly deal with themselves and take the student’s perspective for the rest of their lives. Modesty and openness in order to continuously learn new things are the basic requirement. Age does not matter; growth happens according to each individual physical and mental possibilities. The attitude towards further development is what counts, not age.

The community is just as important: the training partners are not considered as competition. Training together helps the development process: It is not about being faster or stronger than the others, but about supporting and learning from one another.


Myth 3

Fine women have no place there: it’s only for men who want to let off steam.

Who thinks that nowadys? Around 20-30 years ago, martial arts were largely a male domain, but that has completely changed. Women can benefit from this, especially if they want to feel safer and confident. Taekwondo, for example, not only improves physical strength: regular training improves the level of fitness and general well-being, trains self-confidence and increases resilience.


Despite all false assumptions, we strongly believe that martial arts add value in life and in the work environment.


In Budo-coaching we offer knowledge nuggets that help, inspire and stimulate your professional life.

Everyone can improve and develop new skills! What can you do to get fit for life and career?

Budo-coaching is our method. In different blocks, we train with the help of movement, exercises, feedback-rounds and micro-learnings to work on self-development and address your own specific issues.

Just like the samurai of the old days continued to develop and adapt to be able to cope with every opponent, so should we devote ourselves to our personal development within our work environment, improve our competencies, acquire new skills and work on our self-confidence: as to be able to grow with changes and challenges.


Because nothing comes from nothing.

The attitude is important – of course; positive thinking helps too – but still, nothing happens, if you don’t act with discipline and will.


Would you like to change something?


Make a commitment to yourself by making time to do what it takes every week or even every day. This can only be 15 minutes, for example to incorporate more movement into your everyday life.


Keep your focus.


Keep going until you reach your intermediate goal and then move on to the next step.


Do you need some help along the way? With our Budo-coaching method we support individuals to unleash their strengths and realize their goals.

Get in touch with us and find out more about our coaching offer.

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