Spirit of Martial Art
Sang Kyu Shim
It has been 25 years since Sang Kyu Shim passed away. That seems like a long time ago. For 27 years He was my teacher and mentor. That’s a long time too. Perhaps the most important thing I learned from him was the spirit of a martial artist. The rank, skills and self-discipline were important but not as important as the spirit.
He would comment from time to time on an individual having the martial art spirit. Often it was about someone who wasn’t a practicing martial artist. More so than those who were practitioners.
Many people enter a martial art program. Few actually get its spirit. That goes for those who trained under him as well. It isn’t the rank you hold, how high you can kick or how good you are at the rituals. It is not the number of classes you attended or the recitations you know.
It is how you face the world’s challenges; the courage you show in adversity; the strategies you apply to daily situations; your response to difficulties.
On this anniversary, it may be worthwhile to take a look at ourselves. Do we have the true martial art spirit, a spirit of theory and action?
Maybe a review of his last two books would help.
In any event, please honor him by an honest pursuit of the martial art spirit.
Till next time, GMC