In your opinion, what makes a martial artist a "master"? Related Questions

In your opinion, what makes a martial artist a "master"?
Asked By J,Last Answer By pugpaws2 At 2011.03,1 Answers

I've been thinking of this for several months now. I know a lot of people are hung up on rank but the intelligent of you know that means next to nothing. But where does knowledge and experience come to meet into what's perceived as a "mastery level"? The ability to effortlessly defend yourself? The ability to always have something to teach no matter the situation? Or a required amount of experience to finally be where you want to be in your study, training and/or art?

I keep thinking of knowledge and experience, but knowledge and experience in what form? Experience as in attending class regularly and learning from someone who has had generations of lessons taught to them, or experience as a constant personal battle to improve developed on your own.
Same with knowledge; something your told and taught, or something self realized and from your own cognition? I think I already now the answer to knowledge, but I want your take on it.

How do you perceive and describe a "master" level outside of belts, ranks and formalities?
(And I'm talking about you, not what someone else or tradition would say)

What makes a martial artist a good martial artist?
Asked By clown(s) around,Last Answer By Katana172 version3 At 2011.03,1 Answers

Bruce Lee is widely discussed on this forum and some claim him to one of the best and others ar not fond of him at all.

What is the measure of a GOOD martial artist?

Best answer will go to most logical and clear cut answer whether or not I agree.

Disclaimer: This is not a question about Bruce Lee!

What makes a martial artist?
Asked By clown(s) around,Last Answer By nwohioguy At 2011.03,1 Answers

Is it how long a person has trained or what and where they have trained? Is there something more than this? Do they have to know certain techniques or have studied under certain masters or in a certain country?

Make your answers as long or short as you see fit. I will pick the most comprehensive and logical answer as best answer whether or not I agree.

In your opinion, what makes an artist an artist?
Asked By Roger Houston ETP,Last Answer By Darrell At 2009.12,1 Answers

Someone who consistently is driven to create.
The potential problem with defining an artist is:
One who has produced several creative works, but then relaxes in the shadow of past actions...like someone who's written a book or two, but who now gives more effort to "being a writer" than actually writing. Example? Just turn on a pop radio station. Chances are whatever you randomly hear right now, people will have forgotten 10 years from now. Many "artists" are more concerned with going with what already works in proven genres...and then seem to forget the true meaning of "artist."

In your opinion, what makes an artist an artist?
Asked By Roger Houston ETP,Last Answer By Darrell At 2009.12,1 Answers

Someone who consistently is driven to create.
The potential problem with defining an artist is:
One who has produced several creative works, but then relaxes in the shadow of past actions...like someone who's written a book or two, but who now gives more effort to "being a writer" than actually writing. Example? Just turn on a pop radio station. Chances are whatever you randomly hear right now, people will have forgotten 10 years from now. Many "artists" are more concerned with going with what already works in proven genres...and then seem to forget the true meaning of "artist."

Karate is useless in actual fight. martial artist opinion?
Asked By I am god worship me please,Last Answer By Dr.Jiffy -Uber-Rodent- At 2011.03,1 Answers

In your opinion, what makes a Martial Arts teacher "The Best"...or at least one of the best?
Asked By Madison 3:16 Anderson Rhodes,Last Answer By Master T At 2011.03,1 Answers

ALSO, How can I find the best one for me? Are there any "bad" teachers? Explain as much as you want.

"Martial artist should only fight martial artist" Do u feel the same way?
Asked By Kevin,Last Answer By Keyboard Warrior At 2011.05,1 Answers

I know me and one other person believe this, but how many others do

This mainly explains how i felt in my previous question(for those who answered), because i had been fighting my fellow martial artist for 8 years thats all i really knew. Moving to Alabama restricts me of fighting without trouble..

Why are you a martial artist? I'd like to know what motivates people to study the martial arts?
Asked By tigertom2k,Last Answer By Ken C At 2011.03,1 Answers

Are you into martial arts because you like to fight, are competitive or enjoy tournaments, or bouts?
Is it fitness and health that motivates you?
Is it spiritual?
Do you want to be able to defend yourself and others?
Is it because you like to be a showman and entertain others?
Perhaps you're artistic and enjoy perfecting the techniques of your chosen style?
Or is it a way for you to maintain self-discipline and a sense of control and personal strength, achievement or self worth in your life?

I'm genuinely interested and would value your honesty. Thanks.

A what point is a practitioner of the martial arts a martial artist?
Asked By J,Last Answer By Patrick At 2011.03,1 Answers

This isn't as simple an answer as some might believe, or have you to believe. The very term 'artist' means "a person who is skilled at some activity".
The Japanese word for martial artist is Budoka (武道家). Budo (武道) meaning "martial way" (武 alone having strong connections towards meaning 'to stop violence') and ka (家) means (as a suffix) a professional or an expert. In Japanese, a Budoka is an expert in the way of stopping violence. [Insert Tao reference here]

So all in all, by definition this should eliminate any sort of beginner. Anyone new to the martial arts could never call themselves a martial artist. But when? At what point does one become what could be considered skilled or an expert? Does it simply mean being well versed, or just a step above the rest?

What exactly makes a "real" artist? I see myself as a "wannabe" artist, and I read the term...
Asked By Serafim,Last Answer By Jack B, sinistral At 2009.12,1 Answers

..."real" artist the other day.

No right answers here, but if you would please offer "a seat of the pants" definition (in your own words, whatever pops into your mind) of a "real" artist, I would love to read it.

Is it based on talent?

Getting paid?

Passion?

Who enjoys the work?

How would you rank yourself as a martial artist?
Asked By Metro Fashions,Last Answer By mttkd At 2011.03,1 Answers

Would you say you are more of a fighter, a traditioanalist, an innovator, and also aside from your school ranking what belt would you give your self.

Aging Martial Artist?
Asked By endo,Last Answer By samuraiwarrior_98 At 2011.03,1 Answers

Im at a weird point in my training. I am getting older and my knees and shoulders are starting to wear out. Like everyone else that's trained for several years I have a ton of old injuries. I also am no where near as "Hard Core" as I was several years ago when I started training. I am having trouble finding a school that trains hard, but not crazy hard or that isn't a Mcdojo joke. What do you older martial artists do when your body needs a change of pace?

How do you judge a martial artist?
Asked By Someone You Know,Last Answer By pugpaws2 At 2011.03,1 Answers

Some people attribute martial artists with being in great physical shape. Would you think less of a martial artist's ability because of his appearance (looks, weight, etc.)?

How do you top contributors judge other martial artists?
Do you look at their physical appearance? Do you look at their strength? How do you tell if they're any good?

Martial Artist's New Years Resolutions?
Asked By jamesf24,Last Answer By marksamurai5 At 2011.03,1 Answers

January is almost over.

I'm curious as to what kinds of New Resolutions have been made by our martial arts community?

We all have our personal life related goals and resolutions, but I am curious about resolutions specifically related to your martial arts training.

My training resolution for 2009 is to be able to do the full side splits, Van Damme style. I have about 9" to go.

James

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