Martial arts classes are where we learn training techniques from our teachers. We get some exercise during class and it’s always fun learning with our fellow class members. But that’s not where martial arts training ends. In fact, that’s only where it begins. Training on your own, between classes, is where you train your mind and body to become a warrior for God.
Last night was the first class of the new training quarter. At the end of class we went over each Bible verse and biblical character quality for every belt level our students are training for in this new quarter of study. The reason I share the verses and character qualities at the beginning of each quarter is so you’ll have the maximum time to hide God’s Word in your mind and heart and consider the kind of warrior He wants you to become.
I hope you will use the days between classes to practice the new martial arts techniques you will learn this quarter. The best way to make techniques of blocking, escaping, striking, kicking, throwing and trapping is to do each technique over and over again until your mind and body react without pre-thought. Practicing techniques dozens, hundreds, even thousands of times builds automatic movement that is faster than most people can think. That’s why trained martial arts can defend themselves well in almost any situation: their actions are automatic and don’t stop until the danger is past. Our defense is faster and stronger than the attack against us.
I also want you to use the days between classes to think a lot about the verses you’re memorizing. Nothing changes hearts better and faster than the Word of God. David, one of the world’s greatest warrior kings, depended on God to win the many battles he waged against other kings and nations. David spent a lot of time training in the martial arts that would make him a feared opponent and great warrior of God. Here’s what King David thought about the importance of God’s Word:
“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”
“I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.”
“Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You.”
“Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.”
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.”
“Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.”
“Your word is very pure; Therefore Your servant loves it.”
“The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.”
Here’s to your training! I want you to have a wonderful time and reach every goal you’ve set for yourself. On the road to Black Belt are many wonderful lessons and friends.
In Christ’s Love and Grace,