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Alan Armstrong
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:58 pm    Post subject: Anger Management And Martial Arts Reply with quote

Certainly anger can be a part of martial arts but for those that enjoy practicing it, it's far more important to be calm and focused than to be the contrary; as anger breaks calmness and erodes focus.

Pent up anger can explode giving way to possible consequences of hurt feelings and resentment towards others, even causing illness to those carrying around deep suppressed emotions for long periods of time.

Gotta laugh about things more oftern (politically correctly of course) when ever possible, as suppressed laughter is no laughing matter.

Personal preference is stand up comedy or just as well seated, as telling jokes all day must get tiring.

Talent shows and situation remedies, I mean comedies work also.

A day without a laugh, is sad, as who is truly angry when Laughing?

Start the day with a laugh, is the secret to staying youthful, but don't give up on using creams and lotions and lubricants just in case.

Some prefer the "Don't get angry get even" approach, well in reality, life is too short for that.

What are your preference for dealing with anger as a martial artist?

As reaching the point of anger could be too late, therefore than just suppressing it then funneling it out in stead but how?

Heavy punching bags are proven to work for letting off steam, does it work for you?

What are your recommendations for dealing with anger management?

Do you have any tips or useful advice for martial artists to vent anger constructively?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take it out on the bag, NOT other students....
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get your anger out with tough training.

Leave the dojo so tired you can't be angry anymore!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't subscribe to the "anger is bad" mentality that many others claim. Being angry and being out of control are two different things. I know this because it is possible to be out of control without being angry.

Anger can be used as a great motivator. Anger can push one to do great things. Anger can focus one to zero in on a goal or objective and be the driving force that leads to the successful outcome.

The important thing to remember is that everyone is different, and their emotions may affect them differently than others. Its important that anger not become and excuse for lack of control. They are two different things.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Emotional content; not anger" ~ Bruce Lee

This pretty much sums up my feelings on this subject. Each of us are held accountable for our own actions, whether they be positive or negative.

Brian makes sense when he says...

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Being angry and being out of control are two different things.




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Alan Armstrong
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makawari/a

Managing
Anger
Keeps
A
Warrior
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Repeat
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emotions are natural and anger is one of many. Like any other it can be both good or bad depending on how one deals with it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anger alone is not so cut and dry as a stand alone emotion, mixed feelings and internal confusion or conflict are also common.

For instance loving a family member and hating what they do; drug abuse for instance.

Pent up emotions such as anger needs addressing and being able to learn to let off steam by venting in a harmless manner, preferably harnessing and using that energy productively.

Anger management for martial artists is important, as being a human weapon needs to be controlled, otherwise the consequences are that innocent people are likely to get hurt; including one's self.

Sensing anger in others also means that it can be recognised and resolved whenever possible, to determine and to descalate possible problems peacefully.

Laughter and joy are also a part of anger management, as controlling emotions can become reasonably important by simply changing thoughts.

Masking anger is not managing it, however forgiveness is always an option when all else fails.

Shaolin monks before leaving the temple, they needed to pass an emotional test.

The happy and sad room, where first a (heart wrenching) story was told, that was very sad, then another story creating the opposite effect.

If the monk was taken by the stories (emotionally effected) then the monk was not allowed to leave the temple.

This is somewhat similar to what we call today as a psych test, when entering a military academy, police force, or becoming a prison guard.
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