Lao Tzu wrote, “When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good, other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other. Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other. High and low depend on each other. Before and after follow each other.”
If you read further he cautions about making judgements and comparisons, because they support and are born out of each other. A person who lives in the present doesn’t look at their current situation and say, “This is good.” Or, “This is bad.” It just is. Life should be a journey, not a destination. So, regardless of the situation or circumstance, you should enjoy what is for what it is. If we’re always waiting on only what we call good things to come, you really miss the moment. This doesn’t mean we don’t plan or set goals for our future, but to stay aware and just enjoy being where we are. People who live their lives in the present, have happier and more fulfilling lives.
What does this have to do with martial arts? Martial arts training demands your present focus and attention. It’s a place to leave the burdens of the day aside and just be. We are a black belt school and believe that a person that has earned a black belt from IMAA should be able to focus on the immediate issue at hand and try to live the most fulfilling life that they can.