Abstract - A Christian and the martial arts path
Background. The and cultural anthropology of martial arts, and the Humanistic Theory of Martial Arts constitute the framework for this study.
Aims and Objectives. A series of research questions was posed: Can one talk about universal principles and values in respect of the Way of the Warrior? What does it mean to be a noble man especially today? How does this issue relate to Christianity? What is the point of fighting, of developing a sense of self-improvement and of attaining mastery?
Material and Methods. The answers to these questions are sought through an analysis of a number of sources and studies, a broad discourse involving literature and long-term observations in the international martial arts environment. Results. One can talk about universal principles and values in respect of the Way of the Warrior. They are generally universal, as long as it is in a moral way and the main objective is seen as the improvement of character and the pursuit of mastery in the art of humanity. A deeper meaning of Taoism in the sphere of ethics, is related to the truth revealed in the Gospel. Conversely the “Anti-Way” is the cult of power and violence, or of turning to magic and sorcery or an attempt to return to pre-Christian cults. And what does it mean to be a noble man, especially today? A noble man has to follow the moral path of truth and other positive universal values which do not contradict the Ten Commandments and the Gospel.
Conclusions. What is the point of fighting, of developing a sense of self-improvement and of attaining mastery? It is an ascetic practice to achieve multidirectional development and a striving for mastery in the art of living to become a better person. However, for supporters of the Anti-Way it means only learning or teaching specific fighting skills, or the fight itself and of demonstrating one’s superiority. The right “Way of the Warrior” is consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations (except in a few cases of the “Anti-Way”).