Training July 2006
What Martial Arts Mean to Me
copyright © 2006 Julia Devoe,
all rights reserved
For three years now, I have taken Martial Arts at Bushido Kai in
Brantford Ont. under my sensei, Gary Cole. Over that time, this art has
become more than just a hobby to me. Not only have I made good friends
and relationships with those I train with, but Martial Arts has also
taught me how to train myself both physically and mentally.
I have learned more than I originally thought I would when I began
training, and am much happier with myself, as well as those around me.
My attitude is different and I feel as though every decision I make is
with more care and confidence. Not only do I feel physically more
competent, but my mind itself seems to be that way as well. I treat
others kinder and fairer than I had before, and I believe strongly in
the samurai code of ethics.
It is not simply a weekly occurrence to me, but a lifestyle. It makes
me constantly optimistic and almost always cheerful. I’m glad to have
the opportunity be able to train, as I have been taught so much.
Martial Arts means more to me than just self-defense. To me, it means
to condition yourself, to become a great friend and a caring person, to
perceive the world in a positive way with an equally positive attitude,
and to exhibit kindness and compassion to everyone around you.
Martial Arts is very important to me, and I hope to continue training
for years to come.
Julia was a recipient of the Haruna
Bursary to the spring iaido and jodo seminar this year at the
University of Guelph.