Are Christian Martial Arts Clubs and Organizations An Appropriate Idea/Outreach?

Yes, if done right. Even though they evolved in non-Christian cultures, they can easily be adapted for Christians.
44% (4 votes)
Perhaps. I would not condemn them, but I would not encourage them.
44% (4 votes)
Other (please approximate to avoid this choice if possible)
0% (0 votes)
No, the martial arts cannot be redeemed for Christians
11% (1 vote)
Any form of combat/self-defense is wrong for the Christian
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 9
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Ed Vasicek's picture

I am not a martial arts person. But, in light of SI discussions about Yoga, I thought I would bring this related but somewhat different subject up.

Personally, I see a difference in the culture in which things evolve and in the product. Higher mathmatics and even our numbers were greatly developed in the Arabic (Muslim) culture, for example. Dramatic plays were developed in the pagan Greek culture.

So, what are your views? Share 'em.

BTW, did you hear about the black belt karate expert who joined the military? First time he saluted, he almost knocked himself out!

"The Midrash Detective"

Andrew K.'s picture

Actually, I recall hearing that "Arabic" numerals and much of their higher mathematics actually originated in Hindu India and Zoroastrian Persia, though they did undergo some development in the Muslim world.

I believe "martial arts" itself, though, is actually an umbrella term for all kinds of combat that may or may not have included spiritual/mystical influences, and I can see nothing problematic with separating out those that have as a purely physical discipline. Still, if, for example, the Zen Buddhist influences of karate bother you, try something without those influences, such as ]pencak silat . Smile


christian cerna's picture

I don't see anything wrong with men learning skills for self-defense and self discipline. However, if you wish to avoid the eastern spiritual ideas inherent in many of these arts, why not try something like boxing or greco roman wrestling?