Someone shared this with me and I had to say something. Clearly, the authors of this bullshit study have never even taken a class in their lives let alone picked up a book on the subject and know jack about healthy self esteem and how it is achieved. They look at some stats, compare to other studies based on stats and then draw conclusions and call that “science”.
I have trained in, and studied martial arts since the age of 9. I have taught and trained professionally in different cities, different countries, and have worked with with different demographics, age groups and both genders since I was 18. I feel I am somewhat qualified to comment on this.
I will say that not all martial art schools integrate the philosophy side of the arts into the class. Some are “just a business” and some are better than others at coaching children’s classes. Many coaches are great practitioners but horrible teachers. However, even with that said, anything that gets your child’s energy flowing, their heart pumping, their brain working, and trains them how to do things on their own without their helicopter parents nagging them every two seconds, will boost their concept of self and their overall confidence that they CAN overcome challenges. This is essential in the process of developing healthy self esteem and martial arts is literally the best crash course in my humble opinion.
Martial arts gives the child a space to practice facing an adversary or a challenge that at first glance seems insurmountable. Combat is the theme.
Why is this relevant to one’s self esteem you ask? Because a lack of self esteem is a sign that one has lost the inner battle that will rage on unabated until those dragons are confronted. It takes a Warrior to do just that. This is why we practice war. This is why we practice winning. It’s not to get the better of others, it’s to get better yourself so you can win at life.
ENTER THE WARRIOR.
The ‘Warrior’ is in one sense a physical status that can ONLY be achieved through practicing struggle, confrontation, and dealing with various forms of opposition and challenge. In another sense, it is an archetype of the psyche that is there to be activated by honing your own will. The process of simply discovering this ‘inner Warrior’ alone will boost that child into a winner for life because it introduces them to their own potential. With no concept of one’s own potential, the default setting is externalization and that leaves you helpless, depressed and unfulfilled.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”
You can’t truly know yourself unless you have suffered through some challenge, discomfort and failure. Every sales pitch in the world is there to offer you a way out of this by offering you every comfort imaginable and to eliminate challenge from your life. Be careful about what gets eliminated along with it...
The martial artist learns to thrive in these challenging conditions, learns to embrace it when the challenge comes, and doesn’t believe in permanent failure because they have so much practice picking themselves up after defeat in order to achieve a victory. That process is hard indeed, however contrary to what your present society is teaching your kids, it is a precious part of the human experience and is necessary for a fulfilling life. They must be taught that ‘mistakes’ are not the end of you, they are merely your teachers on the path to success. This mindset alone is foundational to self discovery and self esteem. This is the Warrior way.
In order for this discovery process to happen, the student needs to confront internal challenges just as they need physical challenges to overcome in order to achieve a positive level of self knowledge and overall confidence. It is self confidence by way of self knowledge that allows you to deal with your internal angst, your fear of others and of life. Martial arts has very little to do with learning how to “beat people up” and everything to with SELF MASTERY. Without self mastery, there can be no self esteem.
“All knowledge is ultimately self knowledge...” - Bruce Lee
Only a martial artist could have said this and truly understood it in its fullest sense.
A scientist would ask “I can’t measure this thing you call “self” under my microscope so it must not exist...back to the numbers on the screen!”
The internal process of understanding all of this is just has difficult as the tasks a good Sensei will put in front of you. In one sense they do this to whip you into shape so you could actually survive a confrontation (or God forbid...a push-up...), in another sense it is to help you draw out your inner adversary so it can be mastered. This is why the challenges are given to the student within this framework.
Each challenge must address and sharpen both the body and the mind.
The spirit is the fuel of it all.
If a child is not introduced to these aspects of themselves, which will be needed throughout their lives both in the physical world and in the mental/spiritual world, then that child will forever be easy prey for predators and bullies in life and also prey to their own inner doubts, fears, inhibitions and demons. Do you want to raise a demon-slayer or a pill-popper forever seeking out the nearest safe-space?
Even more important to factor in, is that absent the Warrior archetype, deep down the child KNOWS they are missing this quality and need it desperately to thrive in a world such as ours. When self confidence is absent, they default to believing that THEY ARE A HELPLESS VICTIM. This mentality is the death of the self altogether. (See the current state of the youth circa 2015-2022 for more details on this...)
I will now give you a definition for self esteem, something these “scientists” didn’t even bother with:
“Self-esteem is the disposition to experience oneself as being competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and of being worthy of happiness. It is confidence in the efficacy of our mind, in our ability to think. By extension, it is confidence in our ability to learn, make appropriate choices and decisions, and respond effectively to change. It is also the experience that success, achievement, fulfillment – happiness – are right and natural for us. The survival-value of such confidence is obvious; so is the danger when it is missing.”
More on this definition here: https://nathanielbranden.com/on-selfesteem/
The only aspect I would add to that great summary is the role of the body and the importance of developing confidence in the ability to ACT CORRECTLY in the face of danger or chaos.
Regarding the study, I also want to point out that some martial art schools have a strong focus on tournaments-which isn’t necessarily always bad thing, it just doesn’t always result in turning out a well rounded martial artist nor in developing authentic self esteem. In fact, it can do the opposite if the approach and focus is unbalanced. Balance is lesson one in a good dojo. (Too bad many are taught to think this concept only pertains to their fighting stance...)
A true artist develops their art for the sake of the art itself, not necessarily for the affection and approval of those witnessing what you are doing and achieving.
Why would this “study” not even consider tracking and interviewing a wide spectrum of different martial arts coaches for a period of time and then observe and document the results in real time?
It appears that science doesn’t roll like that anymore. It’s all about stats and data in computers and not always the real world. I’m not knocking computers or science, but for crying out loud learn the distinction. Speaking of which, I would go so far as to say that your average martial artist conducts more real world scientific experiments inside a month of training than these data miners do in their entire lives. Just my two cents judging by what I’ve seen from the scientific establishment of late...but I digress. There is zero discussion about how somatic intelligence (body intelligence/movement training) factors in to the process of building up self esteem in children, nor on how movement training in general promotes the progression of self expression and self actualization-which are essential elements in developing a healthy human being.
There is also zero consideration of the fact that there are different styles of martial arts, different coaching styles within any of the arts, and even different philosophical approaches to both teaching and training methods within these various art forms.
These authors also fail to define what a ‘self’ even is, let alone how to have self love. They are scientists looking at numbers on a screen. How can you possibly determine the “results” of a study...if you haven’t even actually studied the thing you are studying?
In conclusion of this rather long but necessary rebuttal, here is a simple equation these academics could crunch some numbers on if they want to conduct a study:
If Johnny knows he is capable of defending himself, that he is fit to face the challenges of the real world, that he knows both his strengths and his weaknesses, that by learning about himself he is learning about others, that he is gaining knowledge of himself thru trial and error, that he is valued because he KNOWS he is due the fact that he has proven himself-to himself time and again, that he is actively working on becoming his own superhero rather than worshipping fictitious idols, and practices bettering himself each day towards these goals...will he come out with more self esteem or less than the kid who stays at home and learns how to live vicariously through metaverse avatars, celebrities, video game characters and cartoons?
I leave it to you, my peers, to review and decide for yourselves.
Does this sound familiar?
“Malingering is falsification or profound exaggeration of illness (physical or mental) to gain external benefits such as avoiding work or responsibility, seeking drugs/escapism, avoiding trial (law), seeking attention, avoiding military services, leave from school, paid leave from a job, among others.”
- Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507837/#_NBK507837_pubdet_
Translation: ESCAPE FROM RESPONSIBILITY.
My notes: Malingering is the default setting of the attention seekers, the virtue signallers, the lazy and the conformists. These are the types that gravitate to inauthentic (fake) modes of expression and performance in front of the crowd around them, rather than real authentic self actualisation and creation born out of something genuine-despite the fake approval of the crowd.
These malingering types are the target audience for the fake news, the fake scientists, the fake priests, the fake doctors, the fake politicians, the fake school masters, the fake intellectuals and fake Hollywood.
Keep offering the people a way out of responsibility and you create a decedent, lazy and naive population that will actually beg you to control and enslave them.
Those who seek nothing but external power and approval without a moral compass or genuine empathy are the walking dead. They want you to be just as dead as they are. They have killed off, or sold their soul in exchange for the illusion of wealth, fame, and power; an illusion only worshipped by the fakers of the world who seek either masters above them or slaves below them. They do this because they never achieved self mastery.
Because they are fake, they have no concept of value-either self value or of things of value. That’s why they are thieves by default. They either steal an identity that will help them perform better rather than creating their own identity, or they will have no conscience about stealing physical goods or wealth (or plundering entire economies...). They do this because they have never developed internal value.
That’s why they want yours.
They have no concept or respect for Truth or Freedom because they have enslaved themselves by their own internal lies. They then seek to enslave, or be enslaved by others just like them, because of how hollow they are inside. They either want to entrap the already inauthentic types who seek escape from reality at any cost, or they want to lull the authentic/creative types into their delusions and actively recruit them.
Now you understand the roots and nature of evil and tyranny.
In order to become immune to this, one must first stop lying. The lies we tell ourselves become the lies we tell others. Lies are appealing because they offer the illusion of security. Those who remain inauthentic will take fake security over real Freedom any day of the week.
This brings more weight to the concept of Truth equating to Freedom. The enslaved prefer their enslavement because freedom requires authenticity and creativity requires empathy.
These traits are earned and you will never find them in the fakers. You will only find them acting the part.
The authentic types prefer freedom because they are allergic to the lie and seek genuine expression and creation in life. They know they require freedom to live an authentic life.
So every time you hear me say “TRUTH WINS” realise, I am not speaking about a magical shift that creates a massive global victory over the lie by some random mysterious force that operates out in the ether somewhere, nor am I speaking about something that happens without your own direct participation.
What I am referring to is something that you most certainly participate in with all of your being. The truly authentic type wouldn’t have it any other way. Freedom is something YOU bring into your life by an act of your own will and authenticity, even if the whole world around you chooses slavery and a fake hollow existence.
The world will never give you Freedom.👇🏻
It is a choice, it is a creation, it is REAL and it is a gift only you can give yourself.
I have looked into this theory (terrain) & it definitely has some great points in critiquing modern medicine & germ theory. So go for it. However that said, I’ve got a number of issues with it overall.
For example, I am not at all satisfied with their explanations of how disease & identical symptoms manifest within multiple people at the same time after being in close contact. I’ve asked some of these proponents these questions & I can’t seem to get answers that truly satisfy the argument. It sounds smart, lots of fancy jargon, but it has felt quite hollow to me thus far on SOME of my critiques. Other points have merit.
My own personal experience seeing things like staph infection spread through my gyms over the years, (which I’ve personally had a two year battle eradicating naturally & I live a very above average healthy lifestyle), my own observed experience in seeing the same symptoms of things like flu, Norwalk etc go through my home, my neighborhood & my dojo contradicts their claims in this regard.
Having children of your own or working in schools/daycares etc for any extended period of time will be evidence enough that illness does indeed spread from one to another & it can spread like wildfire.
My whole family/neighborhood got something really bad early feb of 2020 that mirrored the covid symptoms exactly. Everyone had the same symptoms. Some more intense than others, but the same overall. I know it mirrors flu, but this was different. The shortness of breath, weird cough, change in smell/taste & the intense body aches were very pronounced in everyone. We cured it naturally. We do not live in a location that has 5G towers yet. In fact I live in a remote place on the Pacific Ocean with the best air quality & tree density in world that has few cell towers at all.
Explain STD’s. I’ve never contracted these because I’m not a player, but I know many who have & their experience of how they contract these things contradicts the answers given on transmission of disease IMO. It just doesn’t add up.
Also, they do not factor in the observer effect when conducting scientific experiments. This is key.
Absence of evidence does not always automatically equate to evidence of absence. Think double slit experiment, the consciousness/observer effect etc. I am well aware this point can be used on both sides of this argument. That alone is an interesting study in itself that would help clear alot of this up.
I really do like the proposed solution to overall health from the viruses don’t exist people, so on that we can absolutely agree. Health is an inside job, we are indeed energetic/spiritual beings, drugs & surgery cause more harm than good. Agreed. However we are also physical beings. I get the sense that one side, the materialist side of this (germ theory) are in one extreme of “everything is physical”, the other side (terrain theory, viruses don’t exist) are in another extreme: it’s ALL only about spirit & ethereal dimensions, nothing is physcial.
I personally think it’s a bit of both at play, being that we humans are both physical & spiritual.
The nonsense about how “bio-weapons don’t exist” is ridiculous IMO. On this I take a harder stance. Bio-weapons, be they “viruses” or “toxins” do in fact exist & have been used in many variations for centuries in warfare all over the world. It started with things like snake venoms, plant extracts etc, & evolved into very complex chemical compounds over time. This argument quickly devolves into semantics & both sides throw the baby out with the bath water.
I have a few friends in this field in the military, there are whole schools of bioweapons research & mitigation strategy training. Just talk to veterans from the vietnam, gulf wars, or iraq/afghanistan wars. Heck even WW2 vets will tell you about it. In fact, Dr Zev Zlenko has recently proposed that virtually all flu strains are synthetically created bioweapons for the purpose of keeping the pharma industry in the profit margins.
I would suggest there are both natural “flu’s” due to ill-health & seasonal changes, vitamin/mineral deficiancy etc, & then there are also many synthetcially created biolgical agents that can indeed spread from one human to another when in close contact. If they couldn’t, bio-warfare wouldn’t be strategy worth investing in by virtually every regime or conquerer in known history.
The other turn off for me is that this “viruses don’t exist” movement appears more & more to me to be very similar to the flat earth movement in it’s overall approach & worldview (ie gnosticism). The proponents of both of these theories end up attacking & shaming anyone who does not take their whole theory on board.
Massive red flag for me.
From both camps, FE/TT, they slander anyone who does not hold their view as being “shills” or “disinfo agents” (I have experienced this personally) & have spread faster than any virus could, creating massive confltcs in the freedom movements rather than encourginig unifying paradigms of thought. Might just boil down to a maturity thing in it’s main champion advocates & ideologues, but it is true nontheless.
They often haunt chats & forums starting fights in the chat & dropping their comments onto posts that are not even talking about these subjects in order to push their view. The zeal at which they push this is a bit too desperate for me & smacks of toxic religion. So even if true or valid as a theory, the overall approach & tactics used to garner support are highly suspect to me of a cult-like mentality & ends up creating more closed-mindedness rather than open-mindedness & paralyses intelligent discourse or theoretical proposal.
In the end, when I see two completely polar opposite positions creating division like this, it means both are missing something & are most likely both incorrect overall. When I see emotionally charged, dogmatic thinking on both sides, I know everything I need to know.
I think there is also a satisfactory & comforting feeling generated for some people with these new trendy movements that help them feel like they have access to special knowledge nobody else has, and never forget the fact that many scientists and authors are competeing for market share and popularity. Being edgy and confrontational is a quick startegy to achieving a following and everyone knows it.
Another thing ignored by these kinds of “white-board” types, is psychology. When factored into the overall equation, much can be understood and explained.
That’s just where I’m at right now after seeing this kind of stuff come and go in the alternative research community for years. They all have the same blueprint and appeal regardless of the specific subject.
I encourage everyone to do their own research on this, avoid emotional attachments to these things & make up your own minds on the matter while continuing to seek out the truth as you get exposed to new information.
“We view the world through the lense of the self.”
The responses to my statement here will be quite enlightening I’m sure.