In this article, we are going to cover every aspect of being a martial art disciple. First, it’s important to understand that the idea of becoming a disciple of a martial system is a heavy thing.
Being a disciple is about carrying on and passing along your family’s martial art style.
In my case, you could say I am a Disciple of my martial art system Ngo Dac Na. I am more than that though, Ngo Dac Na comes from the principles and martial arts training he got from his birth family.
From the moment I started training with Sifu Phu I thought I was learning the typical Wing Chun, Chin Na, Tai Chi, and Shaolin animals that you would find at any kung fu school.
What I later realized is I am not only a disciple of Ngo Dac Na I am literally the first generation of it. I have been training with Sifu Phu for the past 27 years.
It wasn’t till I started reading books and watching videos on youtube did I realize what he was teaching me was a little different than what I was reading about and the videos I was watching.
I have dedicated my life to the study of martial arts and I have also dedicated myself to spreading Ngo Dac Na principles around the world. This is my way of passing along the knowledge Sifu Phu has taught me.
Should You Be A Martial Art Disciple?
Let’s start with the worst martial arts “No Touch Martial Arts” and other fantasy ideas. Don’t get caught up in these things. They are in no way shape or form grounded in any reality.
Unfortuitously, there are a great number of students trained in these various “martial arts.” They are doing an injustice to authentic forms of martial arts all over the world. And lastly, there is no such thing as cutting corners in martial arts.
There is a right way to train and a wrong way to train. I’ll save that conversation for another blog post
Are You Committed To Your Martial Art?
It is common knowledge that a high level of dedication is required to achieve any level of success in the practice of martial arts. I am ecstatic to tell you some wonderful news.
Because you are even reading this blog post tells me you are extremely committed to your own personal martial art journey. The stuff I am going to share with you next might be a hard pill to swallow.
However, if you are able to read the following section of this text, I will truly believe that you have what it takes to become a master of martial arts.
You Have To Be A Martial Art Disciple If You Want To Be Good
I am going to share with you the only two ways that you will ever be proficient in any type of martial art. When you do become aware of this, it is either going to be a really favorable development.
Either it’s going to be a really good thing for you, or it’s going to be a pretty horrible thing for you, but either way, it’s going to let you see what the best option is for you.
Actively Use Your Martial Art:
Perhaps you work as a bouncer, a security guard, or for the law enforcement agency. Or maybe you just enjoy the thrill of competition. Because you are forced to include your martial arts training in your everyday life, you will unavoidably improve your skill level to an extremely high level.
Become A Teacher:
Teaching your martial art to others is another approach to improving your own skills as a practitioner of that discipline. The act of teaching what you have learned to others helps you to solidify your own understanding of the material.
It also invites individuals into your life with whom you can train, ensuring that you will always have people with whom you can train.
I found that when I started teaching others I became aware of my own mistakes faster and was able to correct them more quickly myself because I saw the same mistake in others.
Becoming A Martial Art Disciple Is The Path Least Taken
Most people who train in martial arts don’t want to be an expert. I would argue the only way to get the benefits of martial art is to be an expert.
What I mean is that unless you eat, sleep, and breathe martial arts you simply won’t be good at it. When I say expert I simply mean a person who consistently trains in their martial art year after year for life.
I understand that some of you might be thinking I don’t want to use martial arts in my career and I don’t want to teach anyone else. I just want to train and enjoy myself.
And that’s okay if that’s all that you want. But I would be lying to you if I thought you would gain any valuable insight that way.
Martial Arts is not something a person should take lightly. Martial Arts teach a person how to disable another human being with bare hands. And it also teaches a person how to have lifelong good health.
If you approach your training as a martial art disciple one thing is for sure you will become the expert.