Hi-ya! Ever since I was eight years old after seeing how practical it can be, I always wanted to take up some form of martial arts. At the time I probably knew the names of about six disciplines or so. That is how interested I was. Sadly, for some reason or other it didnâ€™t really lift of. And what if the reason turned out to be Jesus? (Matt 5:39)
Would participating in any â€œartâ€ -I may have considered- any art which put one in the position to defend oneself against another be undoing the command; â€œto turn the other cheekâ€? And hence be against Godâ€™s will for we who believe in His Son? Thus were the thoughts that I started to develop as the time for me to join any martial art lingered, and I was taking Biblical standpoints more seriously. (I have found that here is no sitting on the fence waiting to see what happens with oneâ€™s life). In the end the furthest I got to attend anything of the sort was an opening day for Wing-Chun at some Greenwich community centre six years ago.
Up until now this may sound like a simple polarised argument that perhaps paints the picture for or against marital arts/ self defence in black and white, but consider this; in martial arts training the student is made to practise moves that anticipate violent attacks. The student is made to practise moves that can save his life or take anotherâ€™s. And from practise will come reliance, and what did the Bible say of relying on oneâ€™s strength of their own arm (physical force)?
Just look to the A-Z of martial art dojoâ€™s available nowadays if you live in an England city, and you listen to all the spectacular moves your peers can execute knowing you can afford to do the same, and ask; What would Jesus do?