When most people think about the martial arts, they generally think of fighting. Of course the name itself gives that impression, with the word or term “martial” meaning “war” and naturally war is fighting.
However there is so much more to the martial art than even most practitioners realize, as they are generally at least involved in the self defense aspect of fighting and, of course, there are those who are more interested in the artistic part of the martial art for demonstrations, but that also expresses fighting.
The term “martial art” did not even exist for countless centuries during the discovery and development of what was more realistically perceived as everyday survival skills, as the initial beginnings of what eventually became known as the martial arts were simply preservation survival skills that were developed out of necessity to find ways to stay alive from moment to moment, hour to hour, day to day and so on. Virtually every creature in existence was far more formidable just with their natural attributes than man was.
What most people do not realize is that all down through the ages in virtually any form of physically fighting, there really are no winners, as generally both combatants sustain injuries, often dying from exposure and lack of medical care. Just like a lot of things in life, it is the reverse of the accepted norm, that is actual reality.
In preservation survival skills frontal confrontation is often sudden death, especially with humans, as humans simply do not have the natural attributes for surviving physical confrontational fighting. As a result, survival skills were developed that would allow man to utilize his mental capacity to observe everything around him, becoming aware of how other creatures managed to stay alive and survive in an extremely wild untamed deadly environment.
Fighting was the very last thing man wanted, but nature’s law of survival of the fittest was definitely a guiding factor. Because man simply could not survive physical fighting, he first learned how to avoid deadly confrontations, adding to his skills tracking, that allowed him to follow his prey that he hoped would become his dinner, instead of the other way around.
As so called civilization developed, with man became more war-like, developing weapons to help put him on a more even platform with other creatures and of course eventually fighting his fellow man. If you look at fighting down through history, it is actually the people who don’t fight in the wars that are the real winners, as they are generally the ones sitting back directing the battles and giving the orders, while others do the fighting and dying. But of course if you add pride, ego, vanity and greed to the mixture then fighting is generally an end result for everyone involved.
Ask yourself this simple question, “Does fighting really ever solve anything?”