Rhine said this is an important skill.
“I think it probably is something that everybody should at least try to experience or have some knowledge in, so if they are in a situation where they need to defend themselves, they have the knowledge to do so,” Rhine said.
Martial arts instructors often emphasize to students that the skills they learn must only be used for good – very rarely are people willing to spend time and money to learn martial arts just to bully others. Most people who learn martial arts have good intentions, in my experience.
Roemeling said the mindset of a martial artist is different than any other athlete.
“If they have better technique, or if they have better endurance, their goal is to knock me out, their goal is to render me unconscious or unable to fight, and you train so that you can prevent that and do that to them and I think that’s just an amazing mindset and an amazing drive that you don’t see in other sports,” he said. “I just find that martial arts and combat sports are just so pure when it comes to competition.”
Martial arts offers people a unique experience in which people sometimes fight against their friends.
“Everybody just becomes really close when we compete with each other,” Rhine said. “I think it’s really weird that, especially in Tae Kwon Do, that you’re really great friends outside, but once you’re in the ring, it’s a fight to the death sort of thing.”
Through martial arts, I’ve fought against a variety of people, even my own brother. I learned the importance of respect when fighting against people in the ring.
I didn’t care if I was fighting someone who I didn’t like, or wasn’t friendly to me. None of that mattered once we were in the ring. We showed respect to each other before and after the fight, regardless of the result.