Martial arts are not about being ‘better’ than anyone else.
It’s not about being able to beat an opponent, dominate them or overcome them. At its core, any martial art is about you. It’s about you becoming a better person than you were yesterday. It’s about you learning mastery over yourself.
The more you try to prove that you are better than someone else, the more you fail yourself. The more you compare yourself to others to validate your sense of ability, the more you fail yourself.
You succeed by working to improve yourself, others will see your example and follow. You succeed by working on your own abilities and by pursuing learning.
As martial artists, we have a real ability to empower & change our own lives- and of those around us- in a meaningful, positive way. When they say: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”, you already have the vehicle to make that possible.
Go train, go learn. Be better than you were yesterday.
Thanks for reading.