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    Hey! You Got Your Philosophy In My Martial Arts! (and vice versa)

    About a year ago, the master at my dojang was turned onto all this stuff about The Secret and the Law of Attraction and so on. Great. But soon, he was teaching it as part of the "Leadership Team" curriculum, which is a special program for the kids who actually try and give a ****, and a few who pretend they do. Not that they'd be tested on it, but they talk about it constantly, and the most recent "Leadership Seminar" consisted of watching the movie and then discussing what one thing . This got me thinking: what's this got to do with Taekwondo?

    Now for my question to all of you. This is not a thread about whether all that Law-of-Attraction-ish stuff is BS. Save it for Sociocide. What I am wondering is whether teaching it has any place in a martial arts program for adults. How ethical for a teacher is it to impose such a belief system on his students, who may or may not share his views? Is The Secret even relevant to the martial arts, or, if not, can it be adapted to them? Is my master unwittingly teaching bullshido? What about things like the Five Tenets of Taekwondo? They might work in kids classes, but are they irrelevant in an adult program?

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    if i wanted philosophy, i would spend my time and money on class about philosophy

    instead i want judo, so i spend my time and money on judo classes. that kinda crap has no place in martial arts imo (unless you want to do it, and know what you are paying for)

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    Quote Originally Posted by roly
    unless you want to do it, and know what you are paying for
    I think that is the key point. Almost all martial arts instructors incorporate philosophy into their teachings, even if it's only "don't go randomly attack people." Some do a lot more, however. If you don't like it, then don't go to that school. As for it being bullshido, that depends on if the quality of instruction is being affected by the philosophy.

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    I think teaching that crap to children is worse than teaching it to adults. At least adults can call it on its bullshit. As the other posters said, it only sucks if you don't want to learn it. You get what you pay for.

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    No place at all, but you're going to have a hard time separating that from the BS nature of "The Secret."
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    I just imagined someone trying to spout philosophy in my boxing gym, and mental image made me laugh so hard I just inhaled a piece of the pretzel I was eating. I doubt this thread will still be in MABS when I get back from blowing my nose.

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    I always thought that if you were a traditional Martial Artist it was the main point and the fact that some Martial Arts taught have been passed down from warriors and in a sense we are learning the "Ways of the Warrior". I believe in the importance of philosophy in Martial Arts training but then again i do study philosophy anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p00rusan
    I always thought that if you were a traditional Martial Artist it was the main point and the fact that some Martial Arts taught have been passed down from warriors and in a sense we are learning the "Ways of the Warrior". I believe in the importance of philosophy in Martial Arts training but then again i do study philosophy anyway.
    martial art = learning to fight, sure there is baggage attached to that eg. dont be a phsycho and plunder/kill/maim/rape/whatever

    but when all the philosophy gets in the way of the "learning to fight" part. thats the point where it slips from legitimate teaching and into bullshido

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwoww
    Now for my question to all of you. This is not a thread about whether all that Law-of-Attraction-ish stuff is BS. Save it for Sociocide. What I am wondering is whether teaching it has any place in a martial arts program for adults.
    Um, its hard to separate the Secret from the BS. If the point of Bullshido is to point out BS in the martial arts, then that should include teaching BS philosophy. Hell, if THE SECRET worked, no one would need to know a martial art - they could just imagine that the bad mugger was really a nymphomaniac cheerleader who wanted no strings attached sex and voila, no mugging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roly
    martial art = learning to fight, sure there is baggage attached to that eg. dont be a phsycho and plunder/kill/maim/rape/whatever

    but when all the philosophy gets in the way of the "learning to fight" part. thats the point where it slips from legitimate teaching and into bullshido
    Not always. Tai Chi and Aikido have more to do with philosophy and chi and bullshit like that, especially Tai Chi. I do believe that martial arts dojo should teach (maybe teach isn't the word) but atleast instill character and all that in its students. No teaching any specific philosophies in general, but I think you know what I mean.

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