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Old 04-25-2013, 05:20 AM   #1
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I don't know if there are already a thread of this topic, but anyone knows any Scriptures that explain the Martial Arts? You know if it encourages violence, or it's just another type of sport. Please feel free to argue your opinion!
I think that some of them are good, but have others that it's so violent and people just win when the other is knocked out...
 
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:08 AM   #2
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I know the Baha'i Faith strictly forbids revenge or physical violence as a means to settle disputes.

However, I think it also allows for pragmatic and justified self-defense, or defense of the weak from the brutal.

So, for example, if a Baha'i were faced with somebody trying to rape them, or came upon another person being beaten or raped, we would be justified in applying physical force -- such as martial arts training -- to stop the brutality.

Also, I know of nothing that would forbid a Baha'i from participating in martial arts matches that are part of a controlled and sanctioned sport.

Other posters here might know more on the subject than I do.
 
Old 04-25-2013, 09:45 AM   #3
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I supose it is how you approach the maritial art. Some people do focus on the potential for violence which cannot be good but to master a martial art there are elements of self discipline, keeping the body and mind in good shape and even of meditation which are totally in accordance with the Faith. I think, with the right approach, working on a martial art could help with the sort of self-development that we could all benefit from.
 
Old 05-07-2013, 03:03 AM   #4
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After all it is an art. It is not meant for violence. But I never know any scriptures for it.
 
Old 05-07-2013, 05:28 PM   #5
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Several Buddhist or Taoist temples and sects are associated with martial arts, famously, the Shao Lin temple in China. Self discipline, concentration, and overcoming one's limitations are values that are cultivated, but also historically martial arts were cultivated by Buddhist temples as effective but non-lethal self defense in the centuries when groups of bandits would try to rob and kill them.

Most martial arts schools emphasize avoiding conflict if possible, never using it aggressively, and also generally maintaining high ethical standards. I know because my son studied it for a couple of years.
 
Old 05-30-2013, 12:35 AM   #6
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Martial art is very helpful in justifying situation , it can stop crimes before being happens but need to direct this power in right direction like saving the weakers , stopping mishappening etc.

It is much beneficial for baha females and childs in today's environment
 
Old 05-30-2013, 11:40 AM   #7
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I don't know if there are already a thread of this topic, but anyone knows any Scriptures that explain the Martial Arts? You know if it encourages violence, or it's just another type of sport. Please feel free to argue your opinion!
I think that some of them are good, but have others that it's so violent and people just win when the other is knocked out...
Judo literally means the Gentle Way. It is essentially non-aggressive and enables a weaker person to overcome the stronger force of an aggressive person by redirecting the momentum of their attack away from oneself.
When one is skilled in any martial arts, there is a discipline against misusing one's abilities if they have been taught by an honorable sensei.
Strength of all sorts is a virtue, helpful when the need is there.
 
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